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MP Asks People To Support Their Local Markets

Wednesday May 15 2013

Michael Dugher MP Michael Dugher MP

MP MICHAEL Dugher has encouraged people to support their local markets.

Speaking at the start of the Love Your Local Market fortnight, the MP is also launching a campaign calling on the government to enact a temporary cut in VAT from 20 per cent to 17.5 per cent, giving struggling retailers a boost and putting money back into family pockets.

He wants them to introduce a retail diversity planning clause, which would put communities in charge of the future of their local high streets. Local people and local retailers would have a say on any retail plans for their area, giving them the power to put the heart back into their high street.

The Barnsley East MP has also urged a copy of Labour’s empty shops initiative, would would enable councils to pursue uses for empty shops and reinvigorate high-streets, rather than leaving them empty.

“During Love Your Local Market fortnight, I would encourage people to support their local markets and high streets," he said. "As a regular visitor to Hoyland and Wombwell markets I understand how important they are to support and what a shame it would be to see them disappearing from our streets.

"The government should enact a temporary VAT cut and give local people a real say over the future of their high street."

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Reply Posted by mark on Wednesday May 15 2013 at 13:17
but not penıstone narket cos they havee double booked the hall

Reply Posted by Grim on Wednesday May 15 2013 at 14:14
Yet another silly MP doing a "popular soundbite". Let's face it they all like to spout off but never do anything constructive.
The markets are a thing of the past and sell rubbish.

Reply Posted by Charles on Wednesday May 15 2013 at 14:52
Without doubt the MP is again looking for self publicity. Then again he has to fill his working day by doing or saying something.

Markets should not be allowed to die out. Our own market in Barnsley is not as good as it has been in the past. If any of the senior staff in the markets department/town centre management were to actively promote it, then it may have a chance. I certainly enjoy visiting the market but it could be so much better if someone with nous really 'got to grips' with it.

Sadly, the new market, as currently planned, is not the answer as it is far to small to be a draw for the public.

Reply Posted by stevo on Thursday May 16 2013 at 17:57
Charles, you are going to have to stop this, it is clearly not cricket me agreeing to your posts.
But spot on.

Reply Posted by Clever lev on Wednesday May 15 2013 at 14:52
Mr Daugher,wants to get to grips with Barnsley councilers,who make too many cock ups,and they represent your party.he would be better to get some Industry into the area so that some of the young people can get to work and earn some cash to spend in the town.It ain't no good asking people to spend somthing they ain't got

Reply Posted by Guesty on Friday May 17 2013 at 08:35
Michael Dugher,


For the cameras, doesn't require any action just a stern face.

Love your market? What you mean the dump in the middle of town which has been promised to be rennovated for the last 20 years,

Instead why not get off your arse and start asking some questions as to why the development work still has not started.