FOLLOWING the extremely successful Making Markets Matter Summer Fair, on Saturday, July 27, and the praise heaped on the market and the market place by the president of the National Market Traders Federation Julian Lewis, I’m bitterly disappointed that Northumberland County Council has not fulfilled its promises to assist in promoting Blyth by improving choice for customers.
In January 2011 the now mayor of Blyth, councillor Robert Parker raised the problem with the south east area committee of the county council.
They held a meeting with the market traders federation and produced a report to begin a new market enterprise initiative.
On exploring Northumberland County Council’s website I can find market packages encouraging new traders to Ashington, Bedlington, Morpeth, farmers’ markets and Prudhoe Christmas Market, yet I can’t locate similar help for Blyth.
It appears to me the wish of Northumberland County Council to continually run down the offer in Blyth against the wishes of its own area committee is taking priority as it drives ever onwards in its quest to become a rural authority.
COUN KEN ELLIS