Stallholders rate debate

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A DEBATE took place during a full meeting of Sheffield Council over the decision to scrap a 40 per cent rate discount for traders at Castle Market - which stallholders fear could put them out of business.

It followed submission of a 5,000-signature petition in support of the traders.

The discount was given because of the deteriorating condition of the building and delays to its replacement on The Moor.

Ruling Lib Dems said they could not afford to reconsider as the discount would cost £500,000 to reinstate.

Labour councillors offered to “sit down with traders and discuss the issue” if they win power in next month’s local elections.

Greens also criticised withdrawal of the discount.