‘Fair vehicles should move out of town centre’ says Grantham businessman
A dramatic drop in trade has led a Grantham businessman to call for better planning at next year’s Mid-Lent Fair.
John Kidd runs Buster’s Blooms, a greengrocers in Market Place, which he says lost almost two thirds of customers while the fair was in town, from around 130 to 45.
His shop is directly behind the Waltzers, but it is not the ride which has angered him, but the vehicles crammed in behind it.
Pointing to four lorries surrounding his premises, Mr Kidd, 57, said: “How can my customers see me? These big vehicles could be parked further away, in an open space. This lay-out needs to be replanned by the council.”
Small businesses in the Market Place and Westgate area are already struggling, said Mr Kidd, and need all the help they can get to survive. Frustrated, he added: “It’s one issue after the other.”
South Kesteven District Council’s business manager for venues and facilities Paul Stokes said: “We understand that the fair can have an impact on space in and around the Market Place and Westgate and we work hard as an authority to ensure that businesses are not adversely affected by this annual event.
“The fair does bring people into town to spend money which has a benefit to the economy and has been visiting Grantham since 1484.
“We will continue to evaluate the locations of rides and stalls annually.”