PLANS to promote Burton's market hall by having children make posters have been attacked by the town's MP Andrew Griffiths.
The competition asks children to design a poster telling people why they should visit the hall in return for the chance of winning one of three Kandy Factory vouchers.
In a swipe at leader Julian Mott, Mr Griffiths says East Staffordshire Borough Council isn't doing enough to get the market hall up and running.
He said: "Council tax payers have seen a £1.6m investment in the market hall and they will be holding their hands up in despair when they find out that this is the best that the council can come up with to promote it.
"It's becoming a bit of a joke. What we need are tangible plans that will support traders and businesses to get them in to the market hall.
"We can't expect people to shop there if there are hardly any traders inside. It's time for councillor Julian Mott to put down his colouring crayons and come up with some real suggestions."
In response, councillor Mott said: "He's got a hell of a cheek to say that. We won't be taking any lessons from Andrew as it was the Conservative party which he represents that kicked out all of the people running the previous stalls so they were unwelcome.
"As a result, all of the experienced traders have been lost, meaning that the council has had to start from scratch in finding businesses to run the stalls.
"Mr Griffiths should be supporting all efforts made by the ESBC to get people into the market hall, no matter what they may be."