March 13, 2012 Express and Star
Rents at a Black Country market will be frozen for the next year, it was revealed today – as traders work with council bosses on plans for a £6 million revamp of the site.
Council chiefs say they want to support traders during the “tough trading period” and to encourage new businesses to set up stalls at Dudley Market.
And any traders setting up new stalls on the central aisle of the market will get half-price rent. Stallholders have welcomed the freeze in rates but say the prices are still too high.
But the council claims the rent is one of the lowest in the country for market traders and insists they are getting good value for money.
More than 2,500 people signed a petition against the revamp of the market but traders have now agreed to help the council draw up revised plans.
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