New ventures are never easy and it is fair to say there have been some doubts concerning the success of The Moor Market in Sheffield city centre.
Our role as a local newspaper is to give a voice to all parties concerned whether that’s the city council, traders, customers or even people who never visit The Moor but pay their council tax and have a stake in the progress of their city.
It was always going to be a much-discussed move when traders moved from their home at the old Castle Market to the new £18 million building on The Moor.
But when Castle Market closed on Saturday, November 23, and the Moor Market opened its doors at 10am on Monday, November 25 everyone had worked hard to get it up and running.
Of course there have been issues with the new market, whether anecdotal or cold hard facts.
Change is difficult, particularly when many traders and customers are so used to working in and visiting Castle Market.
It takes time to adapt, but getting on for six months down the line we now have a fair understanding of what is going right and wrong.
For the most part people are happy with how The Moor Market looks.
Traders are less pleased – as highlighted today on page three of today’s paper – with some of the facilities.
And there’s a worry that the withdrawal of the FreeBee Bus Service will accelerate the drop in footfall Traders say they have suffered.
On the other side of the coin The Star reported earlier this week that there are 93 traders in the market with 95 per cent of stalls let.
A thriving market is an important part of any major town or city.
Sheffield has a proud history with Castle Market and we hope The Moor Market will continue this tradition.
It’s vital that the council and traders continue to work together to ensure The Moor Market is a success.
Concerns should continue to be aired and taken seriously and we will continue to report on this important issue.