Traders on Sheffield’s Moor Market will meet tonight to discuss proposed changes including reduced rents and new tenancy agreements.
Sheffield Council said yesterday it was planning to make minor internal alterations to remove a bottleneck near some of the busiest meat and fish stalls, as well as ‘substantially’ reduce the rents from November 25, when the building has been open for a year.
New flexible tenancy agreements are also proposed, to make future improvements easier to impose.
The council said changes could be made as stalls had become established after nine months of trading.
Chiefs said it was ‘only fair’ as The Moor was still under development.
But when plans were drawn up for the £18m facility it was on the basis it would be in the centre of a newly revamped area.
Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, said: “While developments are well underway on The Moor, and we are about to go out to procurement on the New Retail Quarter, these developments are not yet complete.
“While The Moor is still under development, we feel it is fair to work with traders and offer reduced rates at this point in time.”
But traders were last night meeting to discuss the plans.
Fruit and vegetable trader Ian Bingham, of the Market Traders’ Federation, said it ‘wasn’t as simple’ as reducing the rent and traders were meeting last night.
He added: “They are telling us they have found a way of reducing the rent depending on certain terms like wanting us to sign new leases or put clauses in the current leases.”
A rent-free period at the market was extended for a further three months earlier this year.
New events inside the market and on The Moor are aiming to attract more shoppers.
They include an open air cinema which starts this Saturday, showing child-friendly films throughout the summer holidays.