The truth about calling at Lymington Market

Why let the truth get in the way of a news story!

Lymington Market fruit stallOver the last week, media has been awash with 'news' of a Lymington Market trader allegedly told not to shout about his produce after a complaint over noise. Regional and national press have gone to town on how Wayne Bellows has been ordered to turn down the noise because it is causing a nuisance.

Here is the text of a letter from Lymington and Pennington Town Council with the facts behind the story:

"I write to put the facts before your readers in regard to recent incorrectly reported media coverage regarding a trader at Lymington’s Charter Market.

In February this year, the Town Council received two complaints by email, one from a male and one from a female both are residents of the High Street. The complainants alleged that a market trader who sells fruit and vegetables near their properties, makes excessive noise by continually shouting all day from 08.30 in the morning each Saturday.

The Town Council is responsible for ensuring that the Market is well-managed for the benefit of traders, visitors and local residents and wrote to the trader in mid-February requesting that he reduces the alleged noise. Another complaint was received last week from a different resident regarding the same trader and the trader was telephoned and again asked to reduce the noise.

Unfortunately, media coverage has distorted this story, so to be absolutely clear, I would like to point out that at no time has the Town Council measured the decibels of the trader’s voice; referred to noise pollution regulations; asked him to only shout after lunch or banned him from calling out all day, as has been reported in national news coverage.

The trader was merely pointed to the Market Regulations which are in place to ensure a smooth running market for everyone’s benefit.

It is disappointing and disheartening when hard working staff and councillors who are all committed to continually improving and sustaining our wonderful market are lambasted for their efforts by sensationalist and misleading journalism."

Caroline Godfrey
CEO/ Town Clerk
Lymington & Pennington Town Council

Lymington Market: a 'must' for locals and New Forest visitors

lymington pennington town council charter market flowersLymington’s Charter Market takes place along the length of the High Street every Saturday throughout the year from 8am to 4pm - come rain or shine! It's by far the largest street market in the New Forest area and with a great deal of history behind it is nowadays a special experience for New Forest locals and visitors to enjoy.

A traditional weekly market, established in the 1250s

Lymington Market was originally granted a Charter (a document providing certain rights to the people of the town) in the mid-13th Century, which enabled Medieval Lymington to hold its own market. Farmers, traders and merchants would come from far and wide to sell their goods. This is still true of today’s traders.

The High Street was deliberately designed to be wide enough for a market to be held regularly and this can still be seen in the current imposing Georgian architecture that lines both sides of the High Street, from the Quay in the East and up to St Thomas Church which holds a commanding position in the West.

Today the market stalls include everything from fresh produce and flowers, shrubs and plants to general household goods, craft items and bric-a-brac. There are approximately 90 stalls every week selling all manner of edible treats from olives, breads, cakes, fudge, pies, to fruit and vegetables to take home. (If you're spending the whole day out, it's worth bringing a a cool bag to bring back local fish, cheeses and meats.)

Find out more about Lymington Market here.

April 2018