Saturday 19 November 2011 Derbyshire Times By Ellen Beardmore
A COUNCIL leader faced angry market traders who claimed they had been ‘left to fend for ourselves’ during a council revamp of their units.
Chesterfield market hall saw the drama unfold on Tuesday lunchtime when Cllr John Burrows made the unusual step of taking borough council officers to meet traders and customers in a heated exchange.
Popular butchers, a fishmonger and the market cafe all say they have been left with nowhere to go – after allegedly been told they were ‘priorities’ – during the hall’s £4 million refurbishment next year.
Some said they were in limbo, others fearing job losses and even closure of their historic establishments because the council last week said could not provide them with alternatives like a shop and they were now struggling to find viable, affordable options alone before work starts next February.
A temporary building that will house other traders from when work starts in February is unsuitable as it does not have running water to meet hygiene standards.
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