Published Monday, 29 October 2012
Christmas markets are popular in Northern Ireland. (© Pacemaker)
Derry City Council has received a licensing application for a bar to be set up at the market.
However local bar owners believe it could affect their crucial pre-Christmas trade.
The application has been made by Meenan Square Limited, the owners of the Bogside Inn.
The Magistrates Court in Derry has already heard submissions from the applicants.
Their lawyer's told the court last week that the Derry City Council organised festive event was similar to continental markets held in a number of cities on both sides of the border.
He said the event had the full support of the Council and pointed out that the police had no objections to the market.
However, there are others who are not so happy.
Seven objections against the application have been received, by the proprietors of five city centre pubs - the Metro Bar, Downey's Bar, the Monico Bar, the River Inn and Tracey's Bar.
These pubs are all located within a short distance of Guildhall Square, and the owners believe that setting up a temporary bar so close to the Guildhall area could have a damaging effect on their trade during the busy Christmas season.
The market would be within Derry City Council's designated no on-street drinking zone, but would not be subject to those restrictions.
Both sides in this dispute are due again at Bishop Street Courthouse on Tuesday, when it's hoped the applicants and the objectors can narrow the legal debate.
But lawyers for those behind the proposed market have said publicly that if the licence isn't granted for a bar at the market, then there will be no Christmas market.
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