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Shocking Closure Of Popular Market

Thursday February 20 2014

A POPULAR market which has welcomed Barnsley people on day trips for decades has announced its closure.

The Sunday market at Thoresby - run by Thoresby Estate - was once trumpeted as one of the biggest markets in the area - with coach trips of locals travelling from town most weekends.

But organisers have announced it has now closed after losing a legal challenge for cheaper business rates.

A spokesman said: "An appeal was lodged in 2013, with the Valuation Office, against the level of business rates. Unfortunately, the Valuation Office has recently advised that the existing business rates assessment is correct and there is no scope for any decrease.

"The current level of business rates makes the market unsustainable and as a result, the Estate has, unfortunately, been left with no other choice but to close Thoresby Sunday Market.

"Thoresby Estate would like to sincerely thank you for your support of the Market over the years and help in generating our little community. It is extremely disappointing that something beyond our control has forced the Estate to close the market."

Do you remember the day trips to Thoresby? Have your say in the box below.

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Reply Posted by max on Thursday February 20 2014 at 08:56
Unsustainable? Not sure what this means.. Does rhat mean they're not making enough profit?

Reply Posted by PC on Thursday February 20 2014 at 08:57
As always, government greed as killed another successful business!

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday February 20 2014 at 09:04
Omg they can close thorsby that used to be an awesome market loved sending a few hours there on a sunday morning we should all get a pertician together and demand for it to be reopened government once again getting there way set of idiots they are instead of closing places that people visit why dont they help sort floods out like harry and will are not sat on their butts all day shouting here here useless sods

Reply Posted by Omar Gerd on Thursday February 20 2014 at 09:07
What a load of rubbish the market is being closed due to the sheer number of prosecutions for traders selling counterfeit and stolen goods.

Reply Posted by @max and Omar on Thursday February 20 2014 at 09:18
To run a successful business you need to make a profit if there only just breaking even they may feel it's not sustainable. And Omar the stalls don't belong to thorsby hall so they won't be getting done it will be the traders that will get prosecuted

Reply Posted by above^^^^ uwhat on Thursday February 20 2014 at 09:52
Doesn,t matter if the stalls or traders do not belong to Thorsby estate.

don't talk stupid!!!!!

The owner is responsible for what is being sold on his property and will face a very hefty fine.

Reply Posted by Omar Gerd on Thursday February 20 2014 at 09:26
Thoresby estate holds licence on the premises of sales and have a duty to ensure within reason traders are operating within the law, Several warnings have been issued regarding the sale of counterfeit good so thoresby estates knew the likely outcome of a failure to act.

Reply Posted by Littleoldlady on Thursday February 20 2014 at 09:45
There is dodgy stuff all over Britain, and we all have our ideas where the stuff comes from.

Reply Posted by Nigel Richardson on Thursday February 20 2014 at 10:01
I remember it was a good family day out , sherwood forest visitor centre was only down the road and when the kids were young we used to go to the market then on to sherwood for a walk , could at one time get some good bargains especially when we were going on holiday

Reply Posted by Anon on Thursday February 20 2014 at 15:43
What a shame , spent many a happy Sunday walking round the market !

Reply Posted by Cian O'Carroll MRICS on Thursday February 20 2014 at 16:47
As a Chartered Surveyor specialising in Business Rates, I have to admit to being quite worried by the statement "Unfortunately, the Valuation Office has recently advised that the existing business rates assessment is correct and there is no scope for any decrease".

The Valuation Office basically is the government department who set the levels of value for all business properties across the country. The amount of tax that is payable per annum is therefore determined by the value of the property. Asking the Valuation Office to lower the value means the government gets less in tax. It has become, in my experience, quite a standard reply for them to say "the value is correct". I have had instances where the value has ended up being more than halved after being told several times that it was correct in the first place.

It is like you selling a car to me and asking me how much it is worth. My advice would be to always obtain your own expert opinion so that you know for certain what the value should be and not simply rely on the Valuation Officer to tell you, because the majority of the time they will say it is fine. They will increase the value as well if they think it is too low.

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday February 20 2014 at 21:04
As a business I have found the rating office to be very helpful. They will speak to you about your rateable value and explain it thoroughly. They will also come out to review if you request it. Yes,if its wrong,you risk it being made higher. I worked with them and found it very easy,and it cost me nothing as I didn't employ a valuer. Just try to do it yourself at no cost if you are unsure about it. Its not difficult.

Reply Posted by Cobby on Thursday February 20 2014 at 20:40
Taxed out of business , last time I went it was lacking traders, I now know why, rates too high, so pitch rent too high, so when all these ppl end up claiming dole cas their market stalls were not paying. How thick can the government be.

Reply Posted by bananas on Thursday February 20 2014 at 20:47
I think it should be shut. then open a nice gypsy caravan park on it.or maybe a nice housing estate.

Reply Posted by APPLE on Thursday February 20 2014 at 21:05
if you read correctly BANANAS the articles states market is closing.. DER DER

Reply Posted by Rich on Thursday February 20 2014 at 20:52
Just like they did to the pits when conservative was in power but people got conned into voting libs and cons together the country cannot get no worse rifed with drug dealers theifs etc as there is no jobs due to the economical climate as a result we are failing as a nation so sad((((((((((

Reply Posted by Fred on Friday February 21 2014 at 19:21
What about the pits Labour closed Rich?

Reply Posted by angela on Thursday February 20 2014 at 21:33
I haven't been for a while because every time we went it got worse. The stalls became the same tat and the ones that were decent you could buy locally at the same price without the fuel cost to get there. Shame for the stall holders who rely on it but apart from that I won't miss it.

Reply Posted by Mappman on Saturday February 22 2014 at 10:32
When did we have a Conservative government? Rich.
In 2010 the last election Conservatives didn't win the election If you check we have a COALITION GOVERNMENT that is part yes Conservative and part Lib Dem. Yes we have a Conservative Prime minister but we have a deputy prime minister of Lib Dem equal shave of government.

Reply Posted by Me on Saturday February 22 2014 at 10:42
Cobby why would stall holders claim job seekers allowance the good honest market traders will move on to the next popular market like Donny Sunday market. The "dodgy" traders will go to Skeggy market and joint the rest of the "dodgy" traders there and carry on claiming job seekers allowance as they have done in the past.

Reply Posted by deryck fox on Wednesday June 3 2015 at 15:59
is there any other market in the region like thoresby on a sunday ?