North Ayrshire Council has teamed up with Spook Erections, operators of Saltcoats Market, to make sure the public get the ‘Real Deal’ when it comes to bagging a bargain.
The ‘Real Deal’ initiative is a
national campaign aimed at signing-up market operators to the National
Markets’ Charter, an agreement that sets-out safeguards and standards
for stallholders and customers.
A North Ayrshire Council
spokesperson explained, “Markets that follow strict Charter guidelines
are easily identifiable by the distinct ‘Real Deal’ logo on display at
trading locations. The mark affirms that stallholders do not sell
illegal items or try to ‘rip off’ customers.
has signed-up to the Charter and is now working in partnership with the
Trading Standards department of North Ayrshire Council to protect
consumers. Trading Standards will make sure standards are upheld and,
if necessary, enforced.”
The Markets Charter also acts to prevent the sale of dangerous, counterfeit, pirated or stolen goods.
North Ayrshire Council Leader Willie Gibson said, “I am delighted that Saltcoats Market has signed-up to this charter.
market has been popular among local people and visitors since the 1960s
and has built up a good standing in the community. It is good to see
that stallholders are absolutely committed to ensuring shoppers can be
confident that anything they buy is sourced legally and is safe to use.”
SNP councillor for Saltcoats & Stevenston noted, “By signing-up to
the Charter, local markets are making an effort to show that they are
still a place for a bargain, but not at the expense of quality and