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Mixed reaction by traders as wind brings problems

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

Station Street market

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SHOPPERS have given the thumbs-up to the outdoor market’s move into Station Street.

Yesterday saw Burton’s outdoor market in its new home for the first time, marking the first part of East Staffordshire Borough Council’s plans to revamp the Market Hall.

Stalls lined the centre of the street, and shoppers told the Mail that they were pleased with the move — giving them more stalls in a better location.

Sheila Niclin, 69, from Tutbury, said: “It’s like a proper market now. It was certainly a good idea to move the stalls here and it’s quite busy.” Joan Jones, a fellow shopper at the market, said: “It looks good so far. There seem to be more stalls and I would think they will get more business down here.”

But as wind powered down Station Street there was mixed reactions from the traders — with some already seeing an increase in footfall and others packing up early to prevent their stock from blowing away.

Carol Wheeler, from the baby clothing and toys stall, was forced to pack up her stall at noon after her products were swept into the street.

Mrs Wheeler said: “I’ve lost a lot of stock because it’s been damaged in the wind and I can’t display anything.

“We didn’t have this problem in our old location because the stalls were more rigid and could take the wind.” Barbarah Dhanoa, who runs a clothing stall, said: “Since I’ve been here I’ve done nothing but pick up clothes. I’m scared that my stock could fall on someone.

“It’s total chaos and very dangerous. I have been using the same rails as I used to and this has never happened before. At the old market we had much better stalls and they were more secure.”

John Wain, who runs a shoes and slippers stall, was also forced to pack up early and said that if the stalls could not handle yesterday’s wind, he was fearful for future adverse weather conditions.

But the problems were confined to the ends of the market — with stalls in the centre being sheltered from the conditions.

Aidan Whittaker, from the book stall, said: “I like the set-up, there’s certainly more people. I’m very happy with my location in the street and I’ve already seen an increase in footfall.”

Steve Dilk, who sells nightwear, said he was adapting to the new layout, and although trade was not that brisk he was hopeful that this would improve as people got used to the market’s new location.

A spokesman for East Staffordshire Borough Council said: “After months of planning the council is thrilled to see the first stage of its market plans come to fruition.

“Despite the weather, the number of people turning out and the response of the stall holders has been extremely positive.”

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 05 2013, 2:49PM

    £27,000 to buy an ice ring no one uses. Who paid to put it up and who is paying for staff to sit around idle all day? Jobs lost and small businesses losing money. The whole thing is a disgrace. Get rid of the ice rink it is a shambles and a waste of money.

  • Burton Mail  |  January 03 2013, 8:03PM

    Why are these stalls not being taken down when unused? I feel sorry for the shops who have their businesses covered up by these eyesore`s

  • Burton Mail  |  November 28 2012, 3:12PM

    The weather last week was horrendous - the old stalls would've struggled in those conditions. Speaking to some of the traders, they did well and those that didn't just moaned about it.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 27 2012, 1:14PM

    The new stalls down station street will only be of any use in perfect conditions, it is bitterly cold down station street,it is a wind tunnel.The phrase "as much use as a chocolate teapot" springs to mind. The people turned out but no more money was taken by the majority of Traders, and when they counted up the cost of damaged stock through the wind on thursday and the rain on saturday, it has been a costly week for them.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 26 2012, 5:28PM

    The market stalls looked good,but where were the regular traders.Fruit & veg etc.I can not see it lasting,plus the ice rink looked a shambles

  • Burton Mail  |  November 24 2012, 9:11PM

    So what is going to happen when the market stalls are there and the emegency services are needed. How will they get through ?

  • Burton Mail  |  November 24 2012, 8:14AM

    Well done council,thats killed the trade for the remaining market hall shops,eight already closed down,how many more can the council finish off by spliting the two markets?

  • Burton Mail  |  November 23 2012, 7:41PM

    The new market stalls looked very much out of place!there was no where to site and socialise with friends, the whole area looked very unwelcomeing place to have to go. Burton Town Planners want a kick right up the back side!!! as they have really messed up our town and heritage who gives them the right to decide in how we should have our town looking! most of them hippacritts live out of Burton-on-Trent... do gooders that's all they are wasteing money as usual.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 23 2012, 2:10PM

    Where have all the benches been relocated to, that were on station street? How much has it cost to dig the holes for the stalls and set up the ice rink, in comparison to the money that will be created from it? All seems a waste of time to me.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 23 2012, 1:04PM

    Lets face it - the wind yesterday was somewhat exceptional! And if the footfall has increased, as I suspect it would, by bringing the market to the shoppers rather than failing to do the opposite - then that has to be a good thing! Little bit suprised to see that they appear to have replaced the market 'stalls' with gazebos though!