Regeneration work in a Staffordshire town means a number of street traders will have to relocate, but they have no idea if they will be able to return to their old pitches when the works are completed. Burton-on-Trent’s popular

burger van, known as the Splash Wagon, has been given “no guarantee” that it can go back to its home in the town’s Station Street following a planned facelift of the area this year. Van owner Deborah Brown

says the fate of the van – a fixture in Burton town centre for nearly 30 years – is uncertain due to the Station Street redevelopment. Speaking to local media

she said the council had told her that she would probably have to move the van to Market Place, and may not be able to return to her old spot after the revamp is finished. “I don’t mind moving but

I’d like to come back because we’re part of the street,” she said. “It’s my livelihood, and I

don’t know what’s going on.” The project for the

regen e ra t ion of t h e pedestrianised section of Station Street will include what the council describes as “the immediate uplift in the attractiveness of spaces for pedestrians in the town centre”. It will include the installation

of new paving and public realm infrastructure which is aimed at creating “a more modern, welcoming, safe and appropriate identity for the town centre while improving the town centre resident and visitor experience”. It was announced in October that vehicles would not be able to access that part of the street while the redevelopment works are underway. “Members of the public

keep asking us what’s happening and we simply don’t know,” Mrs Brown said. “We haven’t been able to

say a lot to them because we don’t know for sure what will happen.” The work on the shopping

route, which is set to cost the council a seven-figure sum, was due to begin in January and last for five months. But aft er various complications with the street were discovered during the

ISSN 2057–6781 No guarantees for street traders Station Street in Burton (Photo: hazelisles)

planning process, including an electrical cable running underneath it and varying thickness of concrete, it is now unclear when the refurbishment will start. De p u t y l e a d e r f o r

regeneration at East Staffordshire Borough Council, Cllr Julia Jessel, said she had yet to have a full budget for the project approved by the council. This had been planned

for a full council meeting in November, but due to the unexpected complications, Cllr Jessel said she had still not had full costing estimates

provided by contractor Amey. This was because the

design of the redevelopment would have to be modified to take into account the issues that had arisen, Cllor Jessel said. “Because we don’t know

what the final scheme is, there are no guarantees,” she added. “People think it’s a simple

project but it’s not – it’s not like having your driveway dug up. “We have to have a scheme

that is affordable and safe and gets completed as quickly as possible once it’s started,

because we want minimal disruption.” She said the borough council had been caught off-guard by the ‘premature’ release of the plans for the revamp due to forward planning by the county council, which had to give sufficient notice to the utility companies that would be involved. “We’ve set a bit of a hare running,” she said. “But we’ve got to get it

right – better to get it right now than to start and then find difficulties halfway through.” Cllor Jessel said she

Market Halls for historic city

Proposals for the first Market Halls development outside of London has been approved by City of York Council’s licensing committee. A former office block above the city’s

Stonebow House has been transformed into residential accommodation, and the food hall would inhabit the ground and basement space beneath it. Market Halls – led by chief executive and

former property investor Andy Lewis-Pratt, and Simon Anderson, the restaurateur behind London’s Pitt Cue company – transforms “unloved public spaces” to showcase local food and drink operators. The first Market Halls opened in Fulham in

May last year, a second opened in Victoria in November, and a third is set to open in a former BHS building off Oxford Street this year. David Laycock, regional development

for Try Market Halls, said: “We listened carefully to the understandable concerns of nearby residents, who clearly had a very bad experience from previous tenants operating a night club with licensing until 4am. “We have taken on board their feedback and have a very different style of business. “This will be an asset to revitalising this

part of York and I believe it will be enjoyed just as much by residents as it will by visitors.” York Business Improvement District executive director Andrew Lowson told business media: “I believe that this high- quality venture will be an experience that will add value to our city centre. “I have spoken to professional services in

the city who say it will be great place to meet and do business, and I also think it will draw in local people due to the choice of food and its unique proposition.”

recognised the problems that all Station Street traders – not just the Splash Wagon – would have without vehicle access to the street during the works. She added: “We are not

blind to these issues and we will be getting in touch and we do understand why people are a little bit concerned.”

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