Chorley market traders seeking to be open five days a week

Unhappy: John Brennand, 64, right, with his son James, 27, at his stall

Unhappy: John Brennand, 64, right, with his son James, 27, at his stall

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Chorley’s covered market traders want to open an extra day on Mondays.

But they say they do not want to oust flea market stallholders who set up there that day each week.

There’s nothing to be on the stalls on a Monday. We have to come back on a Monday night and start building everything up again on a Tuesday morning

A Chorley Council deadline for a proposed Monday covered market day - traders currently operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday - passed yesterday.

A number of traders had approached the council about the idea.

They are unhappy about having to set up their stalls and then take everything down so the flea market can take place.

Clothes retailer John Brennand, spokesman for the market traders, said: “There’s nothing to be on the stalls on a Monday. We have to come back on a Monday night and start building everything up again on a Tuesday morning.

“On Saturday, the market closes at 6pm, we have to start packing up at 3pm.

“Customers come to me and say, you don’t take all this down do you just for somebody to come in on a Monday.

“This isn’t a market where you just have a bit of stock.

“We’re not kicking them (the flea market) off the market, we’re just moving them around and making it easier for us. It’s just common sense.

“We pay every single week, we’re the ones with licences.”

Coun Peter Wilson, Chorley Council deputy leader, said flea market stall holders had also been contacted “because we need to formalise arrangements with them so we know who’s coming and when”.

He said: “At the moment we are just on a fact finding mission.

“We certainly don’t want to close the flea market. Our markets, including the flea market, are hugely successful and we want to ensure they continue to be so.”