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."