Readers of The Star have been taking to the web to give their views about fears for the future of Sheffield’s new market.
Traders warned in The Star yesterday they feared for the market– less than six months after the £18 million building opened.
Businesses have pulled out and fear the end of the FreeBee bus will accelerate the drop in footfall.
On The Star’s website –www.thestar.co.uk – Derek Hutchinson commented: “Sheffield Council were warned by the people of Sheffield a long time ago that the relocation of the markets would result in fewer people attending due to its location.
“The money that they borrowed will take years for the taxpayer to pay back and would have been better used to revamp the Castle Market – but does the council ever listen to the people who pay their salaries?”
Fellow website user seenitall called for the council to reinstate the FreeBee bus with a small 50p charge, similar to Leeds, while TheDog suggested the market should open on Sundays.
But Spedan said: “Personally the new location makes it more likely for me to visit the market, not less.
“I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking this. The old Castle Market area was, frankly, a disgrace. The Moor is well served by buses – I don’t think this is the problem.
“Footfall is down throughout the city. There was bound to be an initial surge of interest in the new market with a drop off in trade afterwards, not to mention that November and December, plus the January sales period, were bound to be the busiest months in any shopping location.”
Sheffield Council said the market was a success but it could not guarantee the success of every business.