A very Cleveleys protest in photographs.
We have all heard of them. Poundland, the shop that brings tat to your high-streets for a quid a pop. This it seems also applies to people’s livelihoods, it would appear that to them, that too is worthless.
They bought the building that our Indoor Market was in. The traders turned up to work last week to find the building had been locked up. No notice period had been given to them. All of their stock is still inside the building and they cannot get it out or get any answers from either the former landlord of the building or indeed from Poundland themselves.
They have simply, two months before Christmas at which should be their busiest trading time been stripped of their businesses without any explanation.
This is wrong on so many levels. They had not been given the required notice period, in fact they were given NONE. They had not defaulted on their rent and they had complied with everything required of them. All of these stall holders have overnight lost their income, not to mention that the local people, particularly the elderly ones who enjoyed this market on a daily basis have lost yet another integral part of their community to yet another tat shop that nobody wants and nobody needs.
It is an absolute disgrace that these large companies feel they can just treat people like this and expect them to just accept it. Our town now has no market at all for the locals to go and browse, buy local and sit and have a coffee and a chat within their community. And believe me, we are big on shopping in our local town here.
I was very proud of our sleepy seaside town today, they came out and actually protested about it, they shouted and got the local news involved and even the BBC turned up to film it.
I hope that the right thing is done here and these people are allowed to continue to trade as they rightly should be. I also hope that Poundland realise that not every town wants them and furthermore, this town does not forget very easily and I fear if they continue in the way that they are at the moment there purchase of this building could well have been in vain, and I hope that it was.