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Walsall traders offered Olympic Torch compensation

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Compensation has been offered to market traders who will be forced to move from their pitches as the Olympic Flame passes through Walsall, council bosses said today.

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Compensation has been offered to market traders who will be forced to move from their pitches as the Olympic Flame passes through Walsall, council bosses said today.

Some traders said they stood to lose "substantial" amounts on what is set to be one of the busiest days in the town centre for years. But Walsall regeneration boss, councillor Adrian Andrew, said compensation offers have been made.

It comes as fresh details about rolling road closures and parking restrictions were revealed for June 30.

Drivers are being warned that they could face delays of up to 30 minutes as thousands of people are expected to line streets in the borough for the momentous event.

Walsall Council has warned that rolling road closures will operate during the day but traffic will be allowed back on the route once the procession has passed by.

No nearside parking will be allowed along the route mapped out for the torchbearers, and bus services will be diverted.

Plans for the day also include temporarily moving some market stalls around The Bridge for safety reasons, which has prompted traders worried about a loss of income to seek compensation. Councillor Andrew said: "We are currently in discussions with the Market Traders Association to ensure the best possible solution is found and that effects on the market operation are minimised.

"Compensation offers have been made and are currently being considered by the MTA.

"I am sure that there are many people in the borough who want the ability to see the torch in their home town and want the torch to pass through the borough and that we have to make a few changes for this once-in-a-lifetime event."Street barriers will also be put in place to keep crowds safe.

By Lisa O'Brien

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