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Burton market may move back

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

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FURIOUS traders have hit out at council chiefs after it emerged Burton’s outdoor market could be uprooted again.

More than 18 months after stallholders were shifted to Station Street, East Staffordshire Borough Council has confirmed that it is in discussions about making them up sticks again, with a return to Market Place thought to be on the cards.

The controversial move, which was prompted by the £1.5 million refurbishment of the town's Market Hall, received a lukewarm response from traders at the time but many insist they have now settled in Station Street and built up regular custom, with the council being accused with 'messing with people's lives'.

The move has been met with suspicion by some traders who, after being told Station Street would be their permanent home, feel they could be being used as a way to bring more shoppers to the Market Hall.

Ken Dakin and Mindi Kumar, who between them have racked up nearly 100 years of experience on Burton's stalls, said they would not welcome another move.

Carpet seller Mr Dakin said: "The majority want to stop here. When we first moved here we were upset but the footfall is good, better than it was at the hall. People know the hall is dead and this is how they are trying to increase footfall."

Mr Kumar said: "I am happy here. People are always passing by, coming through the market."

A council spokesman said: "We can confirm we are consulting on the location of the outdoor market."

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  • JuanSanchez  |  August 18 2014, 3:08AM

    About time! It was a joke moving it to Station Street in the first place. The whole thing is a public safety nightmare. With all the stall traders building their stalls far into the street, it leaves very little space for their vehicles to drive by. I nearly got knocked over coming out of Thomas Cook. With only a foot gap between the shops front door and passing vehicles, it took split second reactions to avoid a serious accident. There's also the fact that it has resulted in the closure of at least three business directly behind the stalls. I guess the council weren't interested in offering them business rate relief for blocking off the view to their shops! How many more will need to shut before the council sees sense?

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  • ianpage123  |  August 17 2014, 9:27PM

    Yes Terry I personally don't think it help at this time allocating blame because that's not going to help anything is this situation the past should stay in the past we need to look to the future. It needs more sellers / it needs events putting on and more marketing ! these are the area's I think it needs and then I think it would be a great success.

  • Terry  |  August 17 2014, 9:00PM

    What a mess!!! The market split into three different locations and all due to the last Tory led Council. Everyone must now pull together, and try and put this mess right.

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  • ianpage123  |  August 17 2014, 7:04PM

    Matt we'll just have to wait and see how it goes ! I'm very concerned for the traders currently there apparently if there is 3 traders or less they don't have to pay the £10 which has been quite often upto now. Yesterday they did have to pay the £10 but the footfall was so low traders didn't make there monies back so it costing them time and money just to be there ! One thing I think is lack advertising for example the council seem to have hired a bouncy castle which is inside but they don't seem to advertising it's anywhere !! so how are people suppose to know it's there ? the traders are trying to help by using facebook and twitter but that will have a limited affect !! couldn't the council hand leaflets out or something like that ! I think it quite simple get more traders and better advertising !!

  • ianpage123  |  August 17 2014, 6:46PM

    Matt We'll have to just wait and see how thing's go !! I'm concerned for the traders apparently they get it FREE if less than Three traders which has been quite often so far. I know a few people there and they had to pay the £10 yesterday but the footfall was so low they didn't even make there money back. So this is costing people time and money and playing with peoples lives !! For an example of what's going on The council has hired a bouncy castle (inside) but there don't seem to be any advertising happen apart from what the traders do themselves via facebook and twitter so how are people suppose to know it's there ? to attract people ? I think it quite simple get more stalls and advertise it. Once the footfall is there they can charge people. It's a chicken and egg situation.

  • mattlong  |  August 17 2014, 6:23PM

    Its very sad its come to this. No doubt the volume on the blame game radio will be cranked up another few notches. The reality is everyone knows the Conservative led council either did not consult or did not act of their consultation nearly enough for moving ahead with this change. Alternatively if the Labour led council are prepared to 'reverse' this position by attempting to return to the previous arrangements I don't think this speaks well of their leadership either. I have always urged caution over recent weeks saying that we needed to give it time to 'pick up'. I've got a bad feeling in my stomach about this one to be honest. I don't think we are heading for a happy ending. Sad for the displaced and disaffected traders and sad for Burton more generally.

  • ianpage123  |  August 16 2014, 11:06AM

    I would say stop trying to score political points you are playing with people's live's, people have invested monies in rent's / time it's been open nearly one month now. It appears rents are now down to £10 per day for the popup stalls which is a good start but I can honestly say it should be Free for a period of time as per Andrew Griffiths did you know there are 1000+ ebay store (these are fixed sellers ) within 50 miles of burton why not approach Etsy sellers people that create bespoke products bring some life to the Market instead of killing it which seems to be happening with this political point scoring.

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  • ianpage123  |  August 16 2014, 11:04AM

    I would say stop trying to score political points you are playing with people's live's, people have invested monies in rent's / time it's been open nearly one month now. It appears rents are now down to £10 per day for the popup stalls which is a good start but I can honestly say it should be Free for a period of time as per Andrew Griffiths did you know there are 1000+ ebay store (these are fixed sellers ) within 50 miles of burton why not approach Etsy sellers people that create bespoke products bring some life to the Market instead of killing it which seems to be happening with this political point scoring.

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  • AndyBettridge  |  August 16 2014, 10:23AM

    I honestly don't know what can be done. Can understand why there are traders on station street who don't want to move back. Why would they when the market hall is struggling. It's just been one complete omnishambles from the very start. Read a comment on FB saying just knock it down (you have to wonder if they have a point). From a political point of view, the Tories will blame us, accusing us of being anti business and we are the reason it's not working. The truth is that had the conservatives still been in control, the market would be struggling. It won't change things but would be nice to have an apology from the former leader of the council.

  • PointingWest  |  August 16 2014, 9:35AM

    Why was this NEVER in the Tories agreement when the traders were dumped on station street? So much for their "Long term economic plan". Evidently didn't trickle down locally. Labour cleaning up the last Tory administrations mess actually consulting with traders not just moving them from pillar to post.

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