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Electricity Prices Killing Market, Says Trader

Thursday August 28 2014




A MARKET trader has said an increase in electricity prices will kill off Barnsley's already struggling market.

Jennifer Armitage, of Pickles Farms Foods in the indoor market, fears traders are struggling to pay high rents and bills at a time when footfall is low.

She said her latest quarterly bill had risen from between three and four hundred pounds to £540.

"I have just received my bill and when I opened it I though it was my rent, which is £620.

"I leave one fridge on overnight and everything else is turned off but I'm still getting a bill for more than £500.

"We're struggling in the market already, without having bills like that to pay. It's going to kill us off."

All tenants in the market halls were sent a letter in June saying the price of electricity had risen from 6.87 pence per KWH to 10.017 pence per KWH with effect from April.

The letter, signed by J Kilner, town centre operations manager, said: "Whilst I appreciate this will seem a large increase, we have not increased the cost of electricity to our traders since 2005."

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Reply Posted by Neil on Thursday August 28 2014 at 16:46
Put ya meat cheese an eggs up miss armitage we shop there regularly and is beautiful it's the only solution luv good luck with it.

Reply Posted by Concerned on Friday August 29 2014 at 14:17
ITS AN OUTRAGE !!!!!!

Reply Posted by True Red on Friday August 29 2014 at 17:56
Well that's alright then falling trade stalls empty but they haven't put the electric up since 2005 where do they get these people from

Reply Posted by annoyed on Friday August 29 2014 at 21:07
they have also put parking charges up for stall holders,they are doing nothing to help the stalls and shops in the market area.

Reply Posted by anon on Friday August 29 2014 at 21:12
Let's see what happens when the new market is built. Will it be empty? I imagine it will cost more to be a stallholder in there.