Chesterfield market traders face rent rise

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Rent for all market traders in Chesterfield will increase by three per cent in the coming year.

The rise will come into force from April 1 after it was agreed by Chesterfield Council.

The authority said it had not increased rents for two years and had spent £13,000 on upgrading electrics at the market, with another £8,000 of work required next year.

Coun Amanda Serjeant, executive member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “We have to find the money for these essential works and I am glad we have been able to discuss this with traders and introduce a three per cent increase, which is the lowest increase in line with inflation.

“We have a thriving market, which regularly attracts between 116 and 166 stalls each market day. This sets us apart from other towns and long may it continue.”

There will also be an increase of 10p to the charge for lights on the open market, to reflect a rise in energy prices.

Traders will receive a rent-free week in March.

The price of standing at the Sunday car boot sale at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium will also increase, to £10.