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Statutes on move?

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

2009 Burton Statutes opened by ESBC Mayor Cllr Geoff Morrison.

2009 Burton Statutes opened by ESBC Mayor Cllr Geoff Morrison.

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“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’.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 04 2013, 12:57PM

    Further to the concern over the Statutes, I agree with the local traders, however, my suggestion is that all of the shops are closed and they take their barrows selling their wares over the Washlands. Just as they did 600 plus years ago!

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 02 2013, 4:26PM

    We should keep this in he town, it should not be moved, the police arrests in the town may go up a little but that life, the shops should take more care in the security, with or without the fairs Shops need to upgrade the security, it's the time we live in now, **** bags are out to take it, cctv should now be used more, and the courts must lock them up, get them off the street, we must get tuff

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 02 2013, 11:13AM

    Why move the fair, it has been a tradition for many years, just because some people spoil if for others, why should the people who enjoy it have to suffer.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 01 2013, 10:00PM

    i woul loveto know were theyget there figures from. I work in town and we have record sales whem the fair is here

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 01 2013, 1:29PM

    I personally think moving the Statutes would ruin the towns reputation.Traders should remember the fair has been coming to the town for a number of years now for two days a year. We have had the recent ice rink in the town since November up till now and the traders haven't bothered about it outside their premises.

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 31 2013, 10:36PM

    the statutes will have to move out of the market place its only a matter of time before it becomes a pay car park now they have moved the stalls we are not stupid.

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 31 2013, 9:41PM

    The statutes cant be relocated!! Its tradition to have the fair in the market place!! Generations of familys have gone to the statutes for years and years.

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 31 2013, 7:48PM

    I think this iss outrageos if the police did the jobs properly then their wouldn't be people able to buy alcohol and to take it to the fair. We have people comeing from all over of staffodshire to come and enjoy the fair !!

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 31 2013, 4:35PM

    Read between the lines people, the council doesn't want a market or a fair full stop. It's just a smoke screen so they can build yet another car park and charge yet more extortionate fees.

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 31 2013, 1:26PM

    here's a statistic, I DON'T GO ANYWHERE NEAR BURTON TOWN when the fair is on

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