TOWN councillors and traders will be meeting in Bideford next week to discuss the future of the town s Pannier Market. The historic market was taken over by the town council in 1991 and has since been run with the aid of a market manager. But recent years

TOWN councillors and traders will be meeting in Bideford next week to discuss the future of the town's Pannier Market.The historic market was taken over by the town council in 1991 and has since been run with the aid of a market manager.But recent years have seen a downturn in activity and the market is in the red. To save money, the market manager is being made redundant and will leave at the end of this month.A meeting to decide the way forward has been planned for January 19.Town clerk George McLauchlan said: "This is purely economics. There is more money going out each month than is coming in. "We have to run the market as a business as this is taxpayers' money and if we are not seen to be doing something, the Audit Commission will have something to say.