Corringham Market War: Now just a tale of one market…

IF THERE is one thing they like to do in Stanford-le-Hope and Corringham is argue. Any casual observer of the social media sites will have seen the groups implode and splinter faster than you can say: “Judeas’ Peoples Front”.

And perhaps it is no surprise to those who followed the whole saga of the rival bids for an outdoor market in Corringham that it has ended with one of the successful bidders deciding to pull out.

Robert Wong of the Outdoor Market Group was the original applicant for an outdoor market. A number of local traders felt that it could harm their business.

Whilst Mr Wong’s meetings were marked by an attempt to answer all the questions and please everyone. The Corringham Market Traders seemed to be marked by an element of hostility. Some might say, well so would yours if your livelihood was on the line.

But to be fair, the Residents and Traders Association of Corringham (RTAC) put in a successful bid and have backed it up by running a number of community events.

The OMG issued the following statement on Facebook: “It is with regret that we have to announce that we will now not be continuing with the market plans, due to several factors, including personal reasons.

“This has been a hard decision to make, but after much deliberation, we believe this is the best course of action.
We would like to thank everyone for their help and support throughout the process.”

The RTAC has built up solid foundations of their organisation. They have 75 members including 19 shopkeepers.They pay a £5 membership fee and traders £50.

They met last week in Corringham. The meeting, chaired by Corringham councillor Mark Coxshall was to discuss the way forward.

The RTAC has plans for a once-a-month market, which will include craft and charity stalls.

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