July 11. 2012 Express and Star
Almost £1,000 was waived in rent fees for Walsall market traders who had to move from their pitches when the Olympic Flame passed through the town, it emerged today.
Bosses at Walsall Market said they had accepted the authority’s offer of two days free rent for affected stallholders, but had hoped for twice as much compensation.
Tony Larner, chairman of the Market Traders Association, said trade had been “hit and miss” on June 30 when around 20 stalls had to be moved from around The Bridge for the occasion.
Traders had previously raised concerns they stood to lose “substantial” amounts of money on what was to be one of the busiest days in the town centre for years.
Mr Larner said: “We have accepted what has been given to us but we wanted two extra Saturdays free rent. We were just trying to cover a loss of earnings.
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