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Closure of Santo da Serra Sunday Market

The Santa Cruz City Council has decided to permanently close the Santo da Serra Fair from the 3rd of November, due to lack of payment by stallholders.

As explained by the municipality in a public notice, ‘a lease was signed between the municipality of Santa Cruz and the Diocese of Funchal, where the latter allowed the use of space for the” development of street vending activities and its infrastructures, in return the municipality of Santa Cruz promised to pay the rent on the site and then bill the individual stallholders.’

However, for the past few years, the majority of traders have defaulted on their pitch payments creating a nonviable project for the municipality of Santa Cruz.

For their part, the weekly traders have contacted the Santa Cruz City Council, expressing their anger and requesting a meeting to negotiate a new payment plan to prevent the fair from closing.  Nonetheless, an insider explained to local newspapers that are ‘too many meetings and too many payment plan negotiations, and still the traders are defaulting on their payments.

Samantha Gannon

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Madeira Weekly