The call comes as Stroud District Council’s strategy and resources committee decides on the market’s future at a meeting on Thursday June 26.
It follows a community consultation which, says town mayor Amanda Moriarty, showed that the majority of people wanted the current operator, Made in Stroud Ltd to continue running the market.
But the three options due to be considered include renewing the licence with Made in Stroud for three years, put the contract out to tender or for the district council to take over the running of the market itself.
“The town council, Stroud Chamber of Trade and stallholders overwhelmingly voted that the lease be given to the current operator,” said Councillor Moriarty. “However, the town council agreed that the district council should negotiate a new financial contract.
“This is the best market in the country and the licensee, Made in Stroud Ltd has built up the business from scratch over 15 years.
“One wonders why this process started in the first place. The market is in the mainstay of the shopping patterns of the town. It is highly successful. Why the sudden move to change it?”
There was a public outcry in December when the district council revealed plans to invite new bidders to run the market in the Cornhill.
Following petitions and campaigns including several national chefs extolling the importance of the market, the district council agreed to launch a public consultation.
In February, the district council announced it would launch a consultation with the public, Chamber of Trade, stallholders and other interested parties offering a number of options besides going out to tender.
Town Councillor Eva Ward added: “It is hard to understand the thinking behind the district council’s wish to change the current management of this precious resource.
“More than 2,000 shoppers signed a petition supporting licensee Gerb Gerbrands, a local man, who has worked hard over the years to build up the successful market we have today. Why risk losing what we know works so well?”