Market madness!

PUBLISHED: 12:04 13 April 2006 | UPDATED: 10:01 06 May 2010

Nicky Monk

Nicky Monk

A MARKET trader is furious after being told she can no longer work on the stall she has run for 16 years. Nicky Monk had sold clothes on the same Hitchin market stall since 1990 with her partner Joy Critchley. She had taken time off since Christmas to car

A MARKET trader is furious after being told she can no longer work on the stall she has run for 16 years.

Nicky Monk had sold clothes on the same Hitchin market stall since 1990 with her partner Joy Critchley.

She had taken time off since Christmas to care for Joy, who had been battling cancer for 12 years, but Joy died on Mother's Day and Nicky wanted to return to work.

She informed the market management about her decision but was refused permission to work on the same stall as it had since been let to another trader.

Ms Monk said: "It's heartless. I've earned no money since Christmas because I was looking after Joy. I'm really struggling.

"Three weeks ago the trader who has been on the same stall next to me for so long phoned to say someone was working on it.

"We tried to contact the market management to remind them we would be back soon. Messages were left but we got very little response.

"They've offered me a smaller stall but the market isn't even fully booked up. They manage to save a stall for the trader who sells Christmas trees every year, so why not me? It's ridiculous."

A spokesman for North Hertfordshire District Council said it was very sorry to hear about the death of Joy Critchley.

She said: "We are investigating within our complaints procedure and Ms Monk will receive a response within 10 working days both in writing and verbally.

"We hope this issue can be resolved to everyone's satisfaction."

The matter is in the hands of the council's project manager Steve Crowley but at the time of The Comet going to press Mr Crowley was still dealing with it and was unable to comment.


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