Hundreds of StokeonTrentLive readers have reacted to the council’s plans to charge traders at Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest market their full rent.
But there will be a 40 customer limit inside the market hall, the cafes cannot operate, the toilets will be closed and the lift and escalators in and out of the intu Potteries shopping centre are not operating.
Now furious stall-holders are threatening to quit en masse in reaction to the plans.
And many StokeonTrentLive readers agree with them.
They took to social media with their views and this is what was said…
John Minshall: “Rent should be staged and stepped, post-Lockdown, and linked to percentage of takings.
“Clearly most stall holders won’t perform anywhere near what they were in Jan/Feb, like in the taxi trade really, so perhaps a sensible rent discussion is required?
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“Otherwise I think I’d look for alternatives too, if it was my business in a limited market selling to a reduced foot flow!”
Sheryl Williams: “They should give free rent as when they’re back on their feet you can pay the free months back at the end like a mortgage so it’s at least a chance for them.”
Angela Robers: “Disgusting, they should be allowed to rebuild their bussines. People love the market especially the elderly. The public should get behind the traders. Good luck guys.”
Sandra Jepson: “This is disgraceful. The council should stop rent for 6 weeks to help them get back some income.”
Jenny Ann Jones: “How is full rent expected with limited customers allowed in the market. Rent should be halved! Where do the council come up with these ideas? Do they not realise all businesses will be struggling?”
Andrew Baxter: “They should have the queue to Primark running through the market aisles. Shop while they’re waiting in line.”
Maurice Kriehn: “Can’t really understand these council’s, these markets were struggling before all this problem with the Coronavirus, it would serve them right if they lost all the traders.
“I would think making a little money is far better than making none.”
Mohammed Malik: “The council are killing off the remainder of business that survived through the lockdown, this seems to be the final straw, they should give them 50% off the rent if they are allowing less people in.
“Already there will be some people who don’t want to go out shopping because of corona.”
Richard Leyland: “It would be good if they had a food court and some quirky independent food stalls down there.”
But some readers say the council is a business and they need to make money.
Corey Ratcliffe: “I’ve had to pay my business yard rent all through the lock down even when I was closed, the council are still a company and a business like all the market holders and they still need to make their money like all businesses and company owners.”