What are our MP’s views?
I AM amazed at the deafening silence coming from Edward Garnier on the proposed closure of the Market Harborough Market Hall.
Having been in business (Wesses Bakery) for over 45 years, and also having first stood on the market in 1968 on the stall that is still there today, I am surprised that no thought has been given to the effects that the proposed changes will make on small businesses in the town.
The food hall itself must give employment directly to at least 20 people, and indirectly in local preparation and services to many more. These businesses will most certainly not be able to operate in the proposed new set-up; do these jobs not count?
As the Member of Parliament for Harborough, Mr Garnier sends regular questionnaires to local businesses to gain a better understanding of the needs of the population he represents, but he seems to have no views on an action that at the very least the 17,500 people that have signed the petition to save the Market Hall have.
Having a shop in the centre of the town, I also notice the increase in trade on market days. This would not be the case if the market format were changed. I can state this from my knowledge of changes made in other towns in the East Midlands where Wesses stand and have stood on markets.
Please, Mr Garnier, support the ordinary working people that you represent and the small businesses that the Conservative Party tells us are the backbone of the economy.
Do these major retailers who are, as we understand, falling over themselves to give unrealistically huge sums of money to move into the Market Hall, really exist, and if they do, will they benefit the local economy as much as the present Market Harborough Market?
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