Market traders in Walsall will not face an increase in market rental charges for the next financial year, regeneration chiefs have confirmed.
The boost will help traders operating at the three council-run outdoor markets in Bloxwich, Willenhall Walsall market in the town centre.
Councillor Adrian Andrew, portfolio holder for regeneration and transport in the Walsall Council Coalition, said: ""It’s good news for traders at all our markets. Healthy markets play an important role in the borough’s economy as well as in the day-to-day lives of our communities, and increase the variety of shopping in our centres.
"In these difficult economic times shoppers want to be sure of value for money and good service. These principles drive our borough markets as they look forward to serving Walsall borough for many more years to come," he added.
Tony Larner, Chairman of the Walsall Market Traders Association, said: "From our point of view, we're extremely pleased to know the rental charges will stay the same. Traders will benefit as it means more money in their pockets."
As part of its ongoing commitment to the markets, Walsall Council is currently carrying out a public consultation on proposals for a new, permanent location for Walsall Street Market. Market traders will be invited to comment on location and design and help shape the new market for Walsall Town Centre.
A public exhibition of the preferred location and design layout of the market will be put on display in the foyer at The New Art Gallery Walsall between Friday 21 March and Saturday 22 March.