Traders from Birmingham’s wholesale market have launched a legal challenge against council plans to demolish the Pershore Street site.
Members of the Birmingham Wholesale Fresh Produce Association (BWFPA) say they have begun judicial review proceedings in the High Court over the ongoing consultation process with Birmingham City Council.
Doubt was cast over the market’s future in July when an £80 million relocation deal between the council and the now defunct Advantage West Midlands collapsed.
Council bosses then revealed they would not be able to fund a relocation or renovation of the market and began the consultation with traders to find options for new sites and investors.
However the traders say efforts to liaise with the council have failed because officers have failed to examine suggestions from businesses based at the market.
A spokesman for the BWFPA said: “We have spent a great deal of time and effort attending consultation meetings since July 28, in an attempt to engage with BCC [Birmingham City Council] about the future of the wholesale market, but have been disappointed with the council’s response.
“We do not feel out members’ needs were being addressed in terms of a full consultation on refurbishment of our current site or the council funding the relocation of the market to a suitable site as previously proposed.”
If successful the review process could delay efforts to relocate the traders and bulldoze the Pershore Street site which council bosses say is no longer fit for purpose.
A city council spokesman said the authority had received notification of the action from the High Court and said: “Until we’ve had time to fully consider with our legal team the details of the application for a Judicial Review, we would be unable to respond specifically to its content.
“We would though point out that not only is the consultation process still ongoing, but also no final decision on the future of the market operation has, or will be taken until a report on the available options is considered by the City Council’s cabinet.”