Shaftesbury MP ‘Surprised’ That High Street Market Is Being Considered

Shaftesbury’s mayor Andy Hollingshead says he doesn’t expect non-food stalls to trade if Thursday’s High Street market goes ahead.

He’s awaiting government guidance on whether the event can proceed at all. The situation is unclear. Shaftesbury Town Council has moved stalls, so they face the pedestrianised roadway as a social-distancing safety measure. And essential food sales are permitted under the lockdown rules.

Mayor, Cllr Andy Hollingshead

But Simon Hoare MP says he is ‘surprised’ to hear that the market is being discussed. He explains why.

The MP tells us why he backs this lockdown and why he wants schools to remain open. Mr Hoare warns that these tight restrictions could continue beyond Christmas. Although the PM says the lockdown will end on 2nd December, Michael Gove yesterday warned that lockdown may be extended beyond that date.

North Dorset MP Simon Hoare

Simon Hoare agrees. He says ‘it’s not a given’ that the lockdown will end before the New Year.