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Market one of the worst in Midlands - trader claims

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 10, 2013

  • Burton market committee meeting Julie Stanley, Steve Dilks, Pete Wardle, Helen Wheat, Ken Dakin, Trevor Davies, Cllr Richard Grosvenor

  • Burton market committee meeting Julie Stanley, Steve Dilks, Pete Wardle, Helen Wheat, Ken Dakin, Trevor Davies, Cllr Richard Grosvenor

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AN outdoor market trader with 40-years experience in the industry has jacked in his Saturday trading day calling controversial plans ‘an assassination of Burton’s heritage’.

Steve Dilks, moved his lingerie and underwear stall from the Market Place to Station Street last November with the rest of the outdoor traders but is now trading on Thursdays due to ‘appalling trade’ and the negative influence of some youths.

He said: “I have left on Saturdays due to the appalling trade and the negative influence of groups of youths who hang around from lunchtime.

”There was a time when Burton Market was one of the top markets in the Midlands - its now possibly the worst. It has been neglected managerially for many years but this final carve up is just about the last nail in the coffin.

”I have kept out of it so far but I am so fed up with what I am seeing. I think its time that the views of stallholders, businesses in the market, and the public were put forward.

”All we are seeing are pages of spin from the council who is having to cover its backs over this assassination of Burton’s heritage.”

A spokesman for East Staffordshire Borough Council said: “With respect to the “negative influence” of the youth congregation, we are in discussion with our policing colleagues to eliminate any potential problems that may arise - as we would with any area in the borough.

“The authority would like to point out that Mr Dilks was a founder of the Market Management Committee, yet regularly failed to attend which brought about the end of this committee.

“Mr Dilks has expressed in the past that the decline of the market has been down to the recession and the decline in local industry.

“As for market being one of the worst markets in the Midlands, the authority disagrees with this, as can be demonstrated by the prosperous outdoor market, and the planned renovation of the indoor market hall.”

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  • Boris the Bold  |  April 26 2013, 4:56PM

    When the market was first moved out of the Market Square, my first thought was that this was a cunning plan by ESBC to make the land available should Burton & South Derbyshire College ever achieve University Status and need room to expand. Now I believe it is really a cunning plan, with the help of the recent road works to kill off the town completely!

  • gobetwino  |  April 19 2013, 10:54PM

    It's obvious that the councillors are of the opinion that, as we elected them, we should let them govern without accountability. The time is coming when we can get rid of them. We can only hope that the market remnants survive until then.

  • shopper2  |  April 19 2013, 12:14PM

    What is worrying is that so far no-one, apart from council officers themselves, seems to be supporting the council's stance. Now does this mean that the council is impervious to criticism or are the officers concerned just incompetent? It is indeed hard to argue that the market is flourishing, visitors do have eyes and brains. Here's a suggestion. The council could provide free bus services to Tamworth where we could see how a real street market operates. It would be grand if councillors could join in with that.

  • gobetwino  |  April 18 2013, 5:29PM

    Given that the council deemed the skating rink to be a financial success, the quotation "as can be demonstrated by the prosperous outdoor market" must be taken with more than a pinch of salt. Perhaps the council would like to quantify "prosperous"?

  • DJones1  |  April 14 2013, 6:19PM

    It seems that whenever someone – a market trader, a market shopper, someone visiting Burton – highlights publicly the fact that our market is now in terminal decline, a spokesman from ESBC has a go at the messenger and tries to sully that person’s character, as they have tried with Mr Dilks. Anyone with eyes can see the state of the market. If you haven’t been down lately, click the link below and look at the photos under ‘The mystery of the disappearing market hall signs’. The photos (except for the very last photo) were taken Saturday, 13th April 2013. http://www.glencoehouse98.freeserve.co.uk/burton_market.htm#burtonmarket_top_of_page

  • flossie  |  April 11 2013, 8:18PM

    Well ESBC that is a perfect example of "attack being the best form of defence" When will they listen? I fear the answer to that one is never. Don't you know the council knows what is best for the tax paying public! Who exactly is prospering on any of the "three" markets we have now? The council? Not many traders i'm guessing! Well said Mr Dilks you have scored a point!

  • flossie  |  April 11 2013, 8:16PM

    Well ESBC that is a perfect example of "attack being the best form of defence" When will they listen? I fear the answer to that one is never. Don't you know the council knows what is best for the tax paying public! Who exactly is prospering on any of the "three" markets we have now? The council? Not many traders i'm guessing! Well said Mr Dilks you have scored a point!

  • jimmydean  |  April 11 2013, 11:36AM

    There were 12 stalls last week. Looked a right mess

  • jimmydean  |  April 11 2013, 11:36AM

    There were 12 stalls last week. Looked a right mess

  • jimmydean  |  April 11 2013, 11:36AM

    There were 12 stalls last week. Looked a right mess

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