All those who are following the fortunes of the wholesale markets will want to read the new item posted by the Chamberlain Files, ‘Historic Digbeth markets’ at risk of going out of business.

Birmingham’s historic Digbeth markets are at risk of going out of business if the city council insists on pushing forward with a controversial relocation plan, traders have warned.

Wholesale Markets stallholders claim they would be unable to afford “significantly higher” rents at a new purpose-built site.

An independent survey into traders’ views found widespread “cynicism and mistrust” of the council’s motives going back many years, according to polling company QA Research.

The council is consulting the future of the Wholesale Markets site, which it owns, after plans to move to a £140 million development at Witton collapsed last year.

Key members of the council’s controlling Labour group are sympathetic to traders’ wishes, but have warned that  . . .

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