Flower stall is here to stay

IPSWICH market's flower stall is to stay.The stall - which has been operating since February - had been threatened with eviction because it does not operate on the area of the Cornhill designated for the market.

IPSWICH market's flower stall is to stay.

The stall - which has been operating since February - had been threatened with eviction because it does not operate on the area of the Cornhill designated for the market.

Therefore it needs a street trading licence to be legal - and objections from other flower stalls had called this into doubt.

When Ipswich council considered the application last month they had considered turning it down, but eventually decided to defer their decision.


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However now stallholder Louise Parker has been told she will be given a licence to operate.

She said: "This is wonderful news for us.

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"We're now here to stay - so far as any of the market stalls are here to stay!

"I'd like to thank everyone who wrote to the council in support of us - clearly a lot of people wanted us to stay here and that must have made a big difference."

While Mrs Parker's campaign has ended in success, the stallholders are still waiting to hear whether they will be allowed to run the market in the long term.

Their advisers have been in further discussions with the borough council's agents about the future of the market.

Last month the borough decided the bid by the Ipswich Market Traders' Association to run the Cornhill site for the next five years was not high enough.

Now other market operators may be invited to tender to run the market - but there are expected to be further talks before the matter is reconsidered by the borough's executive during the summer.

Is the council right to allow the flower stall to stay? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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