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Market plans are unveiled

Frank Knapton MBE, of Mexborough looks at the plans for the new look Mexborough Market. Picture: Andrew Roe

Frank Knapton MBE, of Mexborough looks at the plans for the new look Mexborough Market. Picture: Andrew Roe

Plans for a revamped Mexborough Market have been unveiled by Doncaster Council.

Artists’ impressions have been released by Doncaster Council showing how a £400,000 regeneration is set to take shape.

The outdoor markets’ rigid stalls in York Square are set to be replaced with gazebo style pop-ups that can be put up and taken down at the end of market days. There will also be street furniture and planters.

Council bosses hope to arrange pop-up stalls in such a way drama and music performances can be put on in York Square.

The scheme has faced criticism from some traders who say they just want a new roof and the rigid stalls to remain.

Mexborough Councillor Sue Phillips said: “Some are happy with the plans, but others want some of the rigid stall to remain with a new roof.

“However, a new roof is not cost effective. We were also asked if just a small number of rigid stalls could remain rather than getting rid of them all.

“These plans are for everyone to have a look at and they can be amended.

“We must start work in early June because we want it completed by October, before Christmas. This will rejuvenate the market. We need to increase footfall because the market is dying. This will brighten it all up.”

Chris Chantler, 58, vice chair of the Mexborough branch of the National Market Traders Federation, said: “From our evidence traders want some rigid stalls to stay.”

But outdoor stallholder Paula Walford said: “Most of the dedicated outdoor traders are happy with the pop-ups.”

More meetings are planned, with the next one due in a week’s time.

 

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