Rejection for market plans

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PLANS to hold a farmers’ market in a North Derbyshire town have been refused due to concerns about the impact on local shops.

The request was made to a meeting of Dronfield Town Council by a local businesswoman – but members rejected the idea unanimously.

Town councillor Graham Baxter, who is also leader of North East Derbyshire Council, said: “This could be the death knell for more traders in the town.

“There are already empty shops in Dronfield and some other businesses are struggling to survive.”

Fellow town councillor Doug Oxspring said traders wanting a farmers’ market should take stalls at the town’s existing market if they were keen to sell their produce.