If it’s denting their trade, they’re keeping mum… But how can it not affect them when staples like meat, cheese, eggs, bread, cakes, sauces and pickles are bought from the stalls? Surely that must affect the shops’ takings.
“If the market benefits the coffee shops, I wouldn’t oppose it,” says Nish of Londis stoutly. But if the shopkeepers themselves are prepared to keep a stiff upper lip, some of us who live here are more outspoken.
“We want our shops to survive because they’re here for us all week, not just once a month like market people,” one worried resident said. “If the Sunday traders brought us things we can no longer get since Dunhams the drapers, Andrews the builders’ merchants, Zone the household shop and, of course, Woollies closed, well then we would welcome them with open arms.”
Such things as? Easy: those little usefuls like socks and slippers, bras and knickers, baby clothes and bath mats, tea cloths and tin openers, screws and screwdrivers, pillowslips and pinafores, tee-shirts and tights.
We could go on – but what’s your view?