Market traders have reacted with fury after Belfast City Council (BCC) publicly rejected their request for a rent reprieve without telling them first.
t the first virtual meeting of the strategic policy and resources committee on Friday, council chief executive Suzanne Wylie announced the resumption of trade at Smithfield and St George’s markets on June 22 and July 3 respectively.
The committee heard St George’s Market traders had asked the council to waive their £25 stall fees – but members voted against the waiver.
Ms Wylie said fees normally covered the costs of St George’s, but with the market already at a loss of £300,000 due to lockdown and a reduction of stalls, she argued a fees waiver would leave the council at a loss of over half a million pounds.
Cathy McLaverty, chair of the St George’s Traders Committee, said she was “furious that we weren’t informed of this