John Madden (right) meeting a market trader in Lichfield

More needs to be done to boost trade at markets in Lichfield and Burntwood, a candidate for the forthcoming General Election has said.

John Madden will stand as an independent candidate in the vote on 12th December.

John Madden (right) meeting a market trader in Lichfield

As part of his campaign, the father of four has met with traders at the city centre market.

“After meeting the stallholders it’s clear that the markets in our area need investment,” he said.

“They say that trade is slack in terms of footfall and that new ideas are needed.”

Mr Madden said he believed specific actions could help support independent stallholders.

“I’d like to see the introduction of a training programme for market traders to market their point of sale to create a more modern feel,” he explained.

“We also need to think about extending the visitor economy into the evenings and nights, perhaps with special markets on Conduit Street with a road closure to encourage the likes of antique traders to the market.

“We should also be looking to do the same in Burntwood with special markets organised.

“Things like TV advertising about coming to Lichfield would help encourage visitors and support existing traders.”

Candidates confirmed for the Lichfield seat at the General Election so far are:

  • Michael Fabricant (Conservatives)
  • John Madden (Independent)
  • Andrew Muckley (Green Party)
  • Paul Ray (Lib Dems)
  • Dave Robertson (Labour)

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8 Comments

  1. “They say that trade is slack in terms of footfall and that new ideas are needed.”

    When I was on the Lichfield Town Team with many local traders we had some High Street Innovation Fund money to spend. We rented to spend some of it investing in the existing markets by upgrading the stalls. The market traders themselves rejected the investment!

    When any attempt was made to use the city centre for events that bring tens of thousands of people into Lichfeld – they very footfall market traders claim to want – they were up in arms! They even boycotted the regular markets in protest sometimes.

    “We also need to think about extending the visitor economy into the evenings and nights, perhaps with special markets on Conduit Street with a road closure to encourage the likes of antique traders to the market.”

    There are already many events like this happening, sorted by the BID and Chamber, and it’s usually the existing market traders bleeting about rather than supporting it.

  2. There is a lot of support for the market by the relevant Councils. In addition, and like Philip says, there are a number of other events ongoing which are really well supported.

    Sadly this is a case of an independent candidate looking too local and crossing over the role of the district and city council. Perhaps he should stand at local elections instead of a general election.

  3. Without prejudice
    Hi Thankyou for your comments politely understood your point I say on this occasion what I was told WHATS WRONG democracy my choice to stand as
    independent GE candidate it is because I do not trust any party any more Brexit Fail as a business draw a line either way I pay council tax like all so am I allowed a opinion politely as a local Lichfield resident to suggest or ask I have no role just a punter I care where I live
    John Madden independent Brexit election who next time

  4. Are we in dispute about something?

    You absolutely are allowed an opinion on issues, I would suggest your name gives that away a bit.

    If you care about where you live, why cast yourself as a single issue candidate trying to get to Westminster? Why not run for your local council?

  5. John, sorry to be pernickity but your last post has no punctuation and, as a result, loses its impact. You have every right to pass comment but, as Jezza writes, you are being too local in your focus on issues when the country is grappling with enormous problems.

  6. Johnbrexitelection I can’t make head nor tail of the unpunctuated ramble you have posted. Please learn to write in clear precise English so that I can understand what you are trying to say

  7. Statistics are a tool used for various reasons. For instance the Tories will tell you more people are employed than ever before. The nature of that employment and the quantity of disposable income is something else entirely. At both ends of the spectrum the very rich and the poor do not go market shopping. It used to be that markets offered bargains and variety; I think this is less common now. In general the amount of credit card debt has created an anchor on people’s spending. Government policy on the economy and interest rates have been the catalyst for this (lower rates encourage debt). We are in a mess as a country. Markets, shops and many aspects of our everyday lives have been compromised by the mishandling of the economy over the last decade or more. Only the already rich have benefited. You see this everywhere not just in Lichfield and Burntwood. Sadly this will require more than a sticking plaster. Even in places of greater footfall people can’t spend what is not in their pockets (or on their maxed out cards!)

  8. John “Brexit Election”

    I’m sorry, I don’t understand your comment. Could you perhaps run it through a grammar and spell checker, or brush up on your English please?

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