“There will be many who are for and against but we have to take the best option for the town and the fair moving out would have a massive impact.”
The event is a modern day successor to the three-day fairs for which the Market Charter was granted in the 13th Century by King John. It is based across High Street, New Street and Lichfield Street
The fair has had its fair share of problems since its inception including the arrests of several people following a spate of alcohol related violence in the mid 2000s.
Town Centre manager Paul Howard said: “There was a discussion at a recent tenants meeting where a number of retailers expressed concern about the negative impact the fair has on town centre trade.
“As of yet, I have not received any statistical evidence to back up these claims and therefore will not be pursuing this matter with the local authority until such time as there is a compelling argument to do so.”
A spokesman for East Staffordshire Borough Council said the authority was ‘unable to comment on unsubstantiated claims’.