WIGAN market traders have issued a ultimatum to the council in a dispute about rents and rates.
In the latest instalment in what has been a long-running feud, traders have threatened to pay their rents with a 30 per cent reduction from next month.
This price would be in line with advice given by a market specialist consultant who advises that traders are paying more than those in other markets in the area, they claim.
Mike O’Connor, chairman of the Market Traders Committee (right), said: “Traders, after two years of fruitless negotiations, will take action in order to keep most of their businesses in being as they can longer afford to continue with the present regime which is in effect propping up the council.”
In a letter sent to the Evening Post detailing their grievances, Mr O’Connor explains that before 2010, rates for market traders were included within their rent payment but due to new legislation they were made responsible for paying the bills separately.
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