INVESTMENT in Boston's stall market is paying off as it bucks a national trend of decline and continues to thrive, the Borough Council claims.
And the new craft market is now all set to go from fortnightly to weekly.
The open aspect of the new-look Market Place has allowed for a new two-row street market layout, which has gone down well with stall holders.
In addition, recent investment by Boston Borough Council has included new lights for traders, new canopies and new stall boards to improve the appearance of the market. Further investment is being made to refurbish the metal stall frames themselves.
A number of previously vacant stalls are now occupied in a more compact and traditionally laid-out space.
Cllr Derek Richmond, the council's portfolio holder for markets, said: "There have been some uninformed observations about there being fewer stalls now and a suggestion that the council has turned business away.
"This is completely wrong and a quick call to the council would have corrected this inaccurate perception. There has been no reduction in stalls – in fact we have a waiting list of people wanting to trade on our market, Cllr Richmond said.
He added: "Anyone in town last Wednesday would have seen a fine example of a thriving town centre – traders were doing brisk business in the market with stalls stretching from one end to the other. And a good-natured crowd gathered in the sunshine to enjoy a busker in fine voice near the Ingram Memorial.
"It is true that there were some empty stalls in July and August – but market traders are entitled to take a holiday too and they tend to take these holidays during the summer months, like everyone else.
"The market officer does his best to fill these with casual traders where he can.
"At the moment markets across the UK are in decline and are losing many of their traders – Boston Market is bucking this trend and is managing to keep hold of existing traders as well as attracting some new traders who are being allocated spaces where we can accommodate them or have been placed on a waiting list.
"In addition to this the new-look Market Place now hosts a vibrant craft market fortnightly on a Thursday. The high demand from traders to attend this market will see it move to weekly from October onwards. Hardly a market in decline."