Market to change hands

The right to manage a historic market is about to change hands for the first time in over half a century. North Herts District Council is coming to the end of its five-year deal to manage Baldock s Wednesday market, which runs out on April 5. A bid to ren

The right to manage a historic market is about to change hands for the first time in over half a century.

North Herts District Council is coming to the end of its five-year deal to manage Baldock's Wednesday market, which runs out on April 5.

A bid to renew its deal was unsuccessful as agents representing the owners, the De Boinville family, have accepted a bid from a private company.

The news has come as a blow to NHDC as successive councils have held the rights since at least 1949.


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There has been a decrease in the size of the market since 2001, with the current 22 stalls occupying only 50 per cent of the pitches.

Speaking on behalf of the agents, Carter Jonas, Harry Baines said an announcement should be made next week.

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He said: "The market is not about to die out and the family are very keen to see it prosper in the future.

"It is difficult to say if there will be changes as everyone is uncertain about what the effect the Baldock bypass will have.

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