AN empty shop in Burton town centre is to be given a new lease of life as work begins on creating a betting office.
It was revealed last month that William Hill had applied to East Staffordshire Borough Council for permission to take over the former Tunnel shoe shop, in Station Street, which traded for just a few months before shutting earlier last year.
The application quashed rumours that a coffee chain had wanted to take over the building — suggestions which were always denied by the borough council.
The whispers began after plans to move Station Street food traders to the Market Place emerged.
Robert Bradley-Richards, applying on behalf of William Hill, said four full-time and two part-time jobs would be created, with the office trading seven days a week, from 7am to 10pm.
He said: “In all circumstances, it will be clear that William Hill has included within the proposed formation of a new licensed betting office all possible alterations and fittings to provide disabled access and facilities within the restrictions imposed by the limitations of the existing building.”