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THOUSANDS of people have signed a petition to save Sheffield’s Castle Market.

The petition, signed by 14,760 market shoppers, was handed to councillors at Sheffield Town Hall calling for no increase in market rates.

It calls for the reinstatement of a 40 per cent rate reduction, introduced three years ago as compensation for the rundown buildings.

Ian Bingham, vice president of the Market Traders’ Federation, who trades as Bingham & Browne Fruit and Vegetable Stall, said: “We handed our petition in to a meeting chaired by Coun David Baker, who promised he will organise a meeting to debate the matter.”

The 43-year-old, from Sothall, said: “The 40 per cent was compensation for the disrepair and poorly maintained nature of the building - it acted as a sweetener until we moved into the promised new market building at the bottom of The Moor.

“But it never happened.”