COUNCIL bosses have dismissed claims that they have ever 'misled' traders at the revamped Burton Market Hall - after showdown talks were held in a bid to boost the site.
East Staffordshire Borough Council chiefs rejected claims made by traders that they had been 'misleading' them in terms of how full the market was going to be when it opened.
Sources close to the Mail revealed that traders are also said to have demanded that they are allowed to stay in the hall rent and service charge free until it is 70 per cent full, or they may pull out and leave the hall and withdraw from the market.
A spokesperson for East Staffordshire Borough Council said: "We are in discussions with the market tenants about a number of options in order to assist them whilst trade and footfall is being developed.
"There has never been any misleading of traders regarding occupancy – it is unfortunate that some of the interest that was initially formally expressed has not materialised, however interest in both the fixed units and the pop up stalls is increasing. We are currently looking forward to the opening of four new food outlets in the coming weeks to complement the existing offering provided from the current market hall traders."
Council chiefs have had to fight off claims they are 'not doing enough' and failing to bring in enough stallholders ever since the £1.6 million revamp was officially opened in June after being closed for 10 months.
Councillor Robert Hardwick, who heads up the project, said: "The Market Hall has undergone a tremendous redevelopment and we have been working tirelessly to entice new tenants into the vacant units as well as organise events throughout the coming months."
Businesses currently homed in the market include Quiglo Kitchenware, Burton Butchers, The Kandy Factory, fishmongers Fresh Catch. Bambeanos Play Cafe and Yolo Food Company are set to move in soon.