Basildon Council terminates Wickford Market agreement

Basildon Council has terminated its agreement with the operator of Wickford market as they have been unable to ensure the market trades safely in a way that follows the guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Space is limited in the market’s current location and the council has been trying to engage with the operator in finding an alternative space for the market.

Leader of Basildon Council, Gavin Callaghan said: “I want to see a successful market in Wickford as much as anyone, but I want to avoid a second lockdown even more. Our overriding responsibility at this time is to ensure residents can return to our high streets and shop safely.

“A second lockdown would devastate our economy further. We will make whatever decision necessary to stave off the threat of a local lockdown.

“We have managed to work very successfully with other traders in Wickford and across the borough, including other market traders, to see that social distancing and other safe practices are followed.

“Sadly, we have not had the cooperation we need from the operator of Wickford market, leaving us no choice but to terminate the current agreement.

“The council remains committed to working constructively to find a more suitable location where safe practices can be followed and I hope we can reach a new agreement very quickly.”

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