Gesture of goodwill to help storm-hit East Hampshire traders

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THE wet and windy weather earlier this year led to a windfall of a different kind for Petersfield’s market traders after the council reimbursed them one week’s pitch fees.

The inclement weather since January had at times made it impossible for some of the Square’s regular traders to set up their stalls, meaning they lost valuable revenue.

East Hampshire District Council dipped into its own coffers and refunded a week’s pitch fees. The refund will cost the council £1,593.

Councillor Julie Butler, in charge of economy, said: ‘This is a goodwill gesture from the council to regular traders, as an acknowledgement of the impact of the unusually severe weather conditions over the past few weeks. We are committed to supporting local businesses.’