South Scotland

Stranraer continental market suspended by council

Castle Square, Stranraer Image copyright P Robinson
Image caption The continental market wanted to set up in Stranraer's Castle Square.

A continental market's licence to trade in Stranraer has been suspended.

The decision was made after a number of the market's traders set up in the town last July without booking in advance.

Their position in Castle Square meant an event organised by Stranraer Music Town had to be cancelled.

Councillors will be asked to agree to continue the suspension until they can gauge the success of similar markets, run by the same licensee, in Kirkcudbright.

A report for members of Dumfries and Galloway Council's Wigtown area committee, said: "This incident caused reputational damage to the council, led to negative press coverage and significant disappointment to the Music Town."

It said the licence holder had written to the council to say he was "very sorry" for what had happened, which was a "genuine mistake".

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