Mar­ket boss in blast af­ter KO

The Galloway News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE - Stu­art Gille­spie

A con­ti­nen­tal mar­ket op­er­a­tor has vowed he will not be back to Kirkcud­bright af­ter his bid for a li­cence was turned down.

Ali Yaich, from Con­ti­nen­tal Mar­ket Ltd, had ap­plied to set up stalls in the Har­bour Square on more than 80 dates over the next three years, al­though he said he only planned to use a few.

On Tues­day, the coun­cil’s licensing panel turned down the ap­pli­ca­tion which Mr Yaich said was to re­new a pre­vi­ous three-year li­cence he had been un­able to use.

He said: “I think it is very un­fair. I have been try­ing for four years and it has cost a lot of money and I will not be back to Kirkcud­bright.

“It is £480 to ap­ply for a li­cence and I live in Dun­fermline so it is seven hours trav­el­ling each time. I have been down four times so that is 28 hours in lost wages.

“There was one coun­cil­lor who said they need the car park for lo­cal peo­ple and for tourism be­cause they have just ren­o­vated the gallery.

“I am only look­ing to hold it once or twice a year for two or three days but they said no, they needed the car park.

“I sug­gested a grassed area be­side the car park which is only one me­tre away but they said no.”

Con­cerns had been raised be­cause a num­ber of the dates Mr Yaich had ap­plied for clashed with parts of the Kirkcud­bright Sum­mer Fes­tiv­i­ties’ pro­gramme, in­clud­ing events such as the flood­lit tat­too.

The fes­tiv­i­ties, Kirkcud­bright Fo­rum and the com­mu­nity coun­cil all ob­jected to the pro­pos­als.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Patsy Gil­roy, who is on the panel, said the num­ber of dates Mr Yaich had ap­plied for was one is­sue as well as the lo­ca­tion.

She said: “It was felt it wasn’t the right place for a con­ti­nen­tal mar­ket in Kirkcud­bright.

“We are not against the idea. There are other places he could use, such as the car park at the ma­rina, the car park at Daar Road and the John­ston school but he hadn’t ap­plied for a li­cence for them.

“We need that area to fa­cil­i­tate park­ing now the gallery is open. We haven’t spent £3 mil­lion on the gallery to make it dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to park when they get here.

“It was also dif­fi­cult be­cause he was look­ing at a lot of dates over the next three years but said he didn’t plan to use them all. That wasn’t par­tic­u­larly help­ful.

“He said there are other events such as the vin­tage car rally that use it but they only have it for half a day or a day and we can man­age that.”

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