Visiting Prescot Road Market

This week, Ken McCaulay, chairman of the Liverpool Meat & Fish Traders Association, showed me around the Prescot Road market. He was kind enough to introduce me to wholesale butchers, fishmongers and some of the almost 200 staff who work there.
 
Visiting Prescot Road marketThe traders have been fighting for a decent working environment for over twenty years. They have been working closely with Jane Kennedy, who recently persuaded the North West Development Agency’s Liverpool arm, Liverpool Vision, to undertake a feasibility study for the creation of a new food processing hub at the nearby Wholesale Fruit Veg & Flower market.
 
There is an obvious need for better conditions and a more modern space to allow the traders to better display their wares to their customers. The market was very busy indeed with dozens of restaurateurs and small shopkeepers looking for the best cuts of meat and fish supplies. I am convinced there is scope for growth which could create scores more jobs and provide opportunities for people to set up in business for themselves.
 
I was very disappointed to hear from Mr McCaulay that the current owners of the lease who operate the market are actually turning away potential new business from the market.  I will fight to reverse these decisions and ensure that the NWDA, through Liverpool Vision, delivers on its promised feasibility study.