A “move” for popular market after protests
A protest by traders of Los Cristianos market led to a last-minute new site on Sunday, June 15th and it might well have proved an accidental success.
At the time of going to press, it is not known where the market will be held on Sunday, June 22nd as discussions continue between the operators and Arona Council about the historic site near the taxi rank.
However, on June 15th, the market stalls were set up along avenida Juan Carlos I which is just a minute away from the old market site and it seemed to have gone down well with many visitors, particularly because of the green area surrounding it.
“We like it better here,” said one family from Chester. “Because the stalls are in one long straight line up and down the road, there is more space and it’s not so claustrophobic. We hope it stays here. It’s pretty.”
The market had not been held for two previous Sundays and fed-up stall-holders held a protest mid-week and said they refused to budge unless Arona Council came up with an alternative. This they did although it took until the day before to determine that all safety factors etc were in place.
The traders said the market had to resume because their livelihoods were suffering and so was spin-off trade for nearby restaurants and bars and the taxis.
There is a dispute between the council and the market company which says as far as it is concerned, it has all the necessary paperwork and licences in place.