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Optician fears market plans are short-sighted

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 07, 2012

Lancaster & Thorpe fears new market stalls in Station Street will affect trade by blocking its frontage.

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AN optician in Burton which will soon be neighbours with the town’s outdoor market said it was worried new stalls would damage the business.

Lancaster & Thorpe, in Station Street, said three posts had been sunk into the ground right outside the store, which staff believe will be for three new stalls — thus blocking the public’s view of its frontage.

However, East Staffordshire Borough Council claimed that existing businesses would benefit from the increased footfall provided by the market.

Sue Eyre, manager at the Burton branch of Lancaster & Thorpe, said she had a lot of questions and concerns over the borough council’s decision to move the outdoor market from Market Place to Station Street.

She said: “There has been no communication from the council, no invitation to look at plans, and now they are putting posts sunk into the ground.

“There are three posts in a row right outside our shop, which could mean three stalls, so people coming from Coopers Square shopping centre won’t be able to see us.

“We moved from High Street to Station Street and we could be seen by people from the shopping centre, but when these three big stalls are put there we won’t be seen.

“Many businesses here rely on passing trade.“We don’t know whether we will have to remove our advertising boards from outside either.

“Shops the other side can’t have these boards because they need to make way for emergency vehicles, and there could be problems with deliveries for those who don’t have back doors (if they can’t make deliveries at the front).

“We have a lot of questions and worries.”

A council spokesman said: “The stalls are located off-centre down Station Street. At no point will three stalls be joined together.

“We would expect that additional footfall generated by the market on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will benefit the businesses on Station Street.”

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 10 2012, 12:28PM

    What a wonderful headline.Well done

  • Burton Mail  |  November 08 2012, 4:51AM

    Moving the market to Station St is a crazy idea, just as mad as forcing street vendors to offer alternatives to burgers, hot dogs and ice cream. A refurb, not a redevelopment of the market hall is all that is needed

  • Burton Mail  |  November 07 2012, 8:46PM

    So a I right in thinking that the markets moving??/ would have been nice to consult the pupblic and shops on station street. surely if we as public just errected things on our drives then the council would require appropriate planning consent?

  • Burton Mail  |  November 07 2012, 7:39PM

    I really think that the council have gone mad. Why are they forcing through something so badly thought out, apparently without consulting existing businesses. They are throwing away the heritage of our historic market place and market hall!!

  • Burton Mail  |  November 07 2012, 12:08PM

    This is typical of this council, money for them first, thoughts of those who elected them last.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 07 2012, 10:20AM

    Why couldn't the council have been honest and open from the start, its changing in just a couple of weeks now and STILL nobody knows whats going on!

  • Burton Mail  |  November 07 2012, 9:40AM

    No surprises there. I don't believe that moving the stalls will cause any extra footfall at all - indeed it will actually put people off trying to work round the stalls to get into the shops. Still the council has got it's way, and railroaded everyone into submission, so it's too late now.