July 11. 2012 Burton News by HELEN KREFT
STREET food traders have lost their battle to stay in Burton’s Station Street after councillors approved an order to move them to Market Place — despite more than 4,000 objections.
The traders will now be ‘co-located’ to the town’s Market Place, replacing the outdoor market stalls, after East Staffordshire Borough Council’s ruling Tory cabinet approved the proposal at its latest monthly meeting.
John Hodson-Walker, who has owned a baked potato van in Station Street for 20 years, was told his fate by the Mail, but wanted to hear from the council before making comment.
The controversial move, which the council has said will turn Market Place into a ‘food court environment’, led to two petitions drawn up by the five street traders and businesses in Station Street, saying proposals would see their businesses suffer with reduced passing trade.
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