Agora traders want a say in their future

Traders At Agora Centre Wolverton
Traders At Agora Centre Wolverton

Traders at the Agora in Wolverton want answers regarding their future in the town.

Two weeks ago, Milton Keynes Council agreed to a Compulsory Purchase Order on the property if the owners could not come to an agreement with the steering group Future Wolverton about what to do with the building.

But centre manager Kumar Morjaria and his traders want to be involved in the discussions, claiming their livelihoods are at stake.

One trader said: “We want answers. We don’t to have to hear rumours in the press about what’s going to happen to us.

“No matter what people say, we are still here, and we aren’t going anywhere.

“We get the impression that this steering group want nothing more than to knock the Agora centre down, regardless of the casualties.”

Centre manager Mr Morjaria said he was keen to open dialogue with Future Wolverton to come to an amicable solution.

“They need to come down and talk to us,” he said. “We want what is best for Wolverton - of course we do. Without a thriving town, none of the businesses here would be successful.

“I’m trying my hardest to get things done and improve the Agora centre. It has been repainted outside, we are carrying out a lot of essential maintenance around the building, and it is beginning to show - we hardly have any space left in here for new traders.

“We’re supporting new businesses - where else could you find a shop to rent for £75 a week?

“We’re also opening two places of worship upstairs for two different faiths.

“We just want to be involved in the planning. We don’t want people to come along and take our livelihoods without at least getting a say in the matter. We are open, business as usual, and we haven’t been told otherwise.”