Written byHELEN KREFT
It comes as Burton’s Station Street market celebrates a year since it moved from the Market Place as part of plans to revamp the market hall.
However, the two original fruit and vegetable businesses were told they could not move to Station Street as it would be for ‘dry goods’ only.
It was only in July, this year, that East Staffordshire Borough Council asked one of those businesses whether they would like to trade in Station Street – an offer they had to decline after already setting up home in The Octagon shopping centre.
Wendy Newitt, who owned one of the businesses and is subsequently employed in the new shop, said: “If they had told us three months before, we would have probably moved but by that time we had already signed up for the shop. We could not sit in limbo waiting for the council to make up its mind.”
Councillor Liz Staples, deputy leader for corporate service, said: “While original plans were for the Station Street market to be dry goods only we quickly found that what customers and traders wanted was a diverse range of goods on offer. For this reason we have allowed non dry goods to be sold on the market.”
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