A hike in rent for stallholders at the 800-year-old Walsall market will create empty spaces, the chairman of the town’s Market Traders Association warned today.
Tony Larner has warned the £5-a-day rent increase, which will come into force in April, will have an impact on the look of the popular market.
Mr Larner said: “At the moment, we have got a good market. If it affects traders financially and they can’t afford to run, they will find an alternative market or have to pack up, we are no different to shops.
“I would say it is going to create a few empty spaces. It could be counter-productive and cost the council money.”
Mr Larner said a number of traders had complained about the rent increase, approved as part of plans to help save more than £13 million in the next year.
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