It's time our market was given a new lease of life, say Ashby traders
Traders in Ashby say the market needs a facelift and a cash boost to give it a new lease of life.
Several traders have spoken to the Scunthorpe Telegraph about the problems with the market and ideas they have about how more customers can be enticed to the area.
Concerns have been raised that the site is in need of a revamp and that money needs to be spent by its owners, North Lincolnshire Council, in order to draw in more customers.
Joanne Lancaster, owner of the jewellery and bag market stall, said the market needed more attention from the council.
She said: "The market could do with a good hose and we would like somebody to jet wash the whole area.
"When it rains, it gets extremely muddy and puts people off looking at my stall because they have to stand in the mud.
"It needs substantial investment to keep it going and I think more needs to be done."
Joanne said it felt like nothing had been done or spent on the market for some time.
She said: "We do not get anyone maintaining the market and all we have been given are boards which are now very mucky.
"The shelters leak in the rain and the area floods easily.
"The railings need painting and the whole place needs to be improved to entice more customers.
"The whole place needs a clean-up and tidy. It is disgusting and something needs to be done.
"Also, I think we are very hidden here and more should be done to let people know about the market.
"New road signs could be put up and more advertising to let people know we are here every Thursday."
Chris Brown, co-owner of the Computers Ink market stall, said: "The market needs more advertising.
"We are in a hard-to-find location, so need as much help as we can from the council to direct customers. It could be a good idea to relocate the market to the centre of Ashby."
And Tony Kelsey, owner of the fruit and vegetable market stall, agreed that more investment is needed at the site.
He said: "We need people to support the local market because we offer a much more personal service.
"To attract more customers, we need some colour or a lick of paint to brighten up the place."
A North Lincolnshire Council spokesman said: "If traders have a suggestion about how we can make further improvements they need to contact staff on duty at the market or their Market Trader Liaison Group representative so it can be brought to our attention."