TRADERS have said the proposed new stalls at Pitsea market are still too small and it will look like “a table top sale”.

Plans to transform Pitsea Market, as part of wider £30 million plans for the entire shopping centre, were shown to a packed room of traders yesterday.

Nick Burgess, director of London and Cambridge Prop-erties, which owns the site, has changed the market plans for a third time after traders criticised the previous proposals.

He claimed many traders were happy with the revised plans.

But Mehmet Onur, 59, who runs a fast-food stall, said: “The new pitches are still too small. It would be like a table top sale.”

Another angry trader, who did not give his name, shouted the meeting was a “waste of time” before storming out.

The current market is situated in Market Pavement, which is set back from the main parade of shops, but the plan is to move it on to the site of the former Railway Hotel, directly next to the High Road.

Traders previously complained the stalls planned for the new site were too small.

They were also worried there would not be enough space to cater for all the current pitch holders.

The latest draft was presented at a meeting in Pembroke House, Northlands Pavement, Pitsea.

It specified for the first time the stalls would be 10ft by 12ft in size.

This is smaller than the current stalls, which are 10ft by 20ft, but larger than many people feared.

Mr Burgess said: “The new market will be smaller than it is currently, but larger than traders previously envisaged. It will be in a better location and there will be enough stalls to accommodate everyone who works at the market at the moment.”

He admitted several traders still opposed the revised plans, but was pleased a number of them seemed more impressed.

He said: “At least they are talking to me now. We all have a common interest because we all want the market to be a success.”

Frank Nash, from the company Charfleets, which manages the market for London and Cambridge, added: “I think the new plan is very good.

“We advised London and Cambridge it had to create bigger stalls over a bigger area and it has done that.”