Sheffield’s outsite traders face tough battle

Market outside the old castle market- Fruit and veg trader
Market outside the old castle market- Fruit and veg trader
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Outdoor traders in Sheffield claim they have been neglected since the opening of the city’s new indoor market.

Stallholders in and around Exchange Street say business has been hit hard since the neighbouring Castle Market closed and Sheffield Council moved the indoor market to a new £18-million building on The Moor.

Trader Enia Ferreira, who sells secondhand goods, said the lack of adequate toilet facilities and electricity was putting people off trading and shopping there.

She said: “You would expect this to be full of people at Christmas time, I’ve even been on Facebook telling people we’re still here.

“To come here and not take any money home, it’s just not worth it.”

Shirley Wilkinson has worked on her stall – which began as a temporary position outside Castle Market – for 15 years.

She said traders want to continue, despite the tough conditions.

She said: “We’ve got to soldier on, what else can we do? If it doesn’t pick up I don’t think we will have a business after Christmas.”

Shirley said traders wanted to be informed about the future of the outdoor stalls, before it was too late for their businesses.

Robert Bradshaw, 82, who trades on Dixon Lane, said his daily business has dropped by around 50 per cent since Castle Market closed.

And another trader, who declined to be named, said: “The council has neglected this area in a big way from a trader’s point of view.”

However, Sheffield Council said the traders had been kept fully informed of all developments.

A council spokesman said: “Stallholders outside Castle Market were always kept fully informed the indoor market would be closing and this would mean some facilities would no longer be available to them.

“And like all the Castle Market traders, they had the same opportunity to apply for stalls in the Moor Market. Moving the market to The Moor was the first step in the reshaping of Sheffield’s retail core and wider regeneration of both that area and Castlegate, which we recognise needs a new focus.”