Birmingham Mail by Gary Young
BIRMINGHAM’S market traders fear that relocation or development of the wholesale markets will drive up rents and costs of transport forcing some of them out of business, a survey has revealed.
Results of official research into the future of the markets was published ahead of a council public inquiry to be held on Friday, October 19.
The study, by Qa Research, also revealed increasing strained relationship between traders and the city council after years of wrangling over the relocation or redevelopment.
The inquiry, to be chaired by council head of scrutiny Carl Rice (Lab, Ladywood), was launched after a petition, backed by the Birmingham Mail, and signed by more than 22,000 people calling for the markets to be saved was handed to the city council earlier this year.
The campaign was launched last summer after the market traders were given notice to quit the Pershore Street site in 2013, with the site earmarked for redevelopment in the council’s Big City Plan.
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