Lincoln market traders worry about declining trade

Lincoln's market traders want increased investment from the city council to attract shoppers.

Stallholders in Lincoln say they have noticed a steady decline in footfall in the past few months.

The city council said it has recently installed new signs at the market and welcomed feedback from traders.

"I think we need to work much harder to improve the footfall in the market," clothes stallholder Maddy Brown said.

Joe Harrison, of the National Market Traders Federation, said: "Retail footfall is down all over the country. We have to get young people off their PCs and into the markets."

A city council spokesman said they are aware of the concerns and have regular meetings with traders.

Trader Melanie Carroll, who sells books and crafts, said: "Sometimes the market is overlooked - when the Christmas market happens no one remembers to advertise the fact that we have a market here almost 365 days a year."

She said she needs at least 30 to 40 customers a day to make a living but the numbers are much lower than that.

Ron Eden, who has run a stall at the market for 30 years, said: "It is surprising the number of people who say that they didn't even know the market was here."

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