MARKET traders say they are pitching up for a fight if plans to dramatically slash the size of Pitsea market are not changed.
Worried stallholders say proposals to shift the market and cut the number of pitches from 150 to 70 to make way for the £30million regeneration of Pitsea would kill trade and leave their livelihood in tatters.
They were left fuming at a meeting last week when developer London and Cambridge Properties revealed more detailed plans for the future of the market, which would see pitch sizes shrink from 10ft by 10ft to just 8ft by 4ft.
Traders have now united to launch a petition calling for changes to be made to the plans and got the backing of more than 1,500 market shoppers in one day.
Gary Behan, 41, of Longmead, Pitsea, has had his watch and battery stall at the market for 15 years.
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TRADERS have said the proposed new stalls at Pitsea market are still too small and it will look like “a table top sale”.
Plans to transform Pitsea Market, as part of wider £30 million plans for the entire shopping centre, were shown to a packed room of traders yesterday.
Nick Burgess, director of London and Cambridge Prop-erties, which owns the site, has changed the market plans for a third time after traders criticised the previous proposals. Continue reading . . . . .
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