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Salamanca squeeze

Sun August 19, 2012 3:01pm

A SALAMANCA Market stallholders says she has been told to make way for outdoor dining or get out.

ONE of Salamanca Market's best-known stallholders says she has been given a Hobart City Council ultimatum: make way for extensions to outdoor dining or get out.Fashion designer/maker Louise Grahame has been asked to modify or move her stall to allow for umbrellas to be placed outside Salamanca's newest bar, Jack Greene.The council says it is obliged to allow venues to apply for footpath occupancy and it has been helping Ms Grahame to assess her options.Ms Grahame is a permanent stallholder who has occupied the same spot for 33 years.She said the only alternative offered apart from modifying or moving her stall was the cancellation of her stallholders' licence.Ms Grahame said a permanent stallholder's site was integral to the ongoing success of her business, but the alternative site offered by council was smaller and in an inferior location. "Anyone in business will tell you that building up location familiarity is a huge thing," she said.Hobart City Council infrastructure services committee chairman Ron Christie said Ms Grahame's stall was designed long before outdoor dining came to Salamanca. He said it was larger than other stalls and encroached on the footpath."(Venues) have the right to apply for alfresco dining. All we're asking her to do is to help us out and help the traders out," he said."We appreciate she's been there for a long time but so have all the other stallholders along there and they have all co-operated." Ald Christie said council had offered her another spot and to redesign and modify her trailer at council expense.Ms Grahame said she was supportive of alfresco dining but more and more pedestrian space at Salamanca was being taken up by tables and chairs."This has been going on for a long time. It's not just about me the Stallholders Association put in letters years ago about the congestion, which [the council] has done nothing about," she said.Ms Grahame said permanent venues had all week to make money, but stallholders had Saturdays only.She said the council had a poor history when it came to recognising the status of stallholders as legitimate businesses."Together we deliver huge economic benefits for Tasmania," she said."All we ask for is respect and to be treated (fairly)."Ms Grahame is now in negotiations with council to modify her stall.

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