Market trader loses his bounce as holiday initiative blocks out business

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A TRADER at Leeds Kirkgate Market says a management push to keep children happy during the school holidays has ended up casting a shadow over his summer.

Market bosses have organised a programme of activities designed to entertain youngsters while their parents do their shopping at the site.

But one of the attractions they have arranged for the outdoor section of market is a large bouncy castle that has incurred the wrath of trader Charlie Pleydell.

Mr Pleydell, who runs a shoe stall at the site, says the inflatable is so big it hides his pitch and a number of others from view.

He claims that, on days when the bouncy castle has been in place, trade has dropped by at least 50 per cent.

Now Mr Pleydell is calling for bosses at the Leeds City Council-run market to pay out compensation to make up for the lost income.

The 39-year-old, who has had a stall at the site on and off for a decade, told the Yorkshire Post: “The needs of stallholders don’t seem to have been considered.”

A council spokeswoman, however, said: “This is an incredibly popular attraction which is bringing in lots of extra people every day who can then shop at the market and the feedback we’re getting from customers is really positive.

“One of the stallholders did ask us to alter the position of the bouncy castle on the first day back in July, which we did, with a further alteration on his request the following day.

“We’ve had no further complaints from any stallholders and in fact we understand it’s actually benefitted some of them.”