All change at Chesterfield market

Work underway at Chesterfield's Market Hall - aeriel view of Chesterield Market place
Work underway at Chesterfield's Market Hall - aeriel view of Chesterield Market place
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Plans to change the layout of Chesterfield’s outdoor market are being drawn up.

Councillors in the town have agreed for a feasibility study to improve the attraction .

The council, which runs the market, says that currently only 46 of the 151 stalls face outwards or are at the end of a row.

The study will look into changing the layout of the current market to increase the number of stalls which are in a prominent position looking outwards, so they can be easily seen by shoppers.

It will also look at increasing the power supply to stalls to allow for more refrigerators and tills, allowing modern payment methods to be used, and increasing aisle space to make it easier for shoppers with pushchairs and wheelchairs to use the market.

Coun Amanda Serjeant,executive member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Although our traditional open-air market continues to be popular, we currently have a problem for traders where the majority do not have a prominent position facing outwards or at the end of a row, meaning they cannot be seen easily by shoppers and attract less trade.”