YOU didn’t listen to the people in the first place’.
That was the accusation made by a furious councillor as he stormed out of a meeting in protest after the final regeneration plans for Burton’s ailing market were approved.
Bill Ganley’s words were greeted with a round of applause by a packed-out room full of market traders and other interested parties at Burton Town Hall, when East Staffordshire Borough Council’s ruling cabinet rubberstamped the controversial proposals.
Councillor Ganley’s dramatic departure came after he heckled chairman and council leader Richard Grosvenor with shouts of ‘U-turn’ over the decision to move the outdoor market traders to Station Street and leave Station Street food traders where they are — a decision the council said it made after ‘listening to the concerns of the public’ and heeding a petition signed by more than 3,000 people.
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