Later opening hours for Moor Market shelved due to lack of demand

The Moor Market
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Later opening hours will not be made permanent at Sheffield’s Moor Market – because of a lack of demand, the city council says.

In the run up to Christmas the £18 million market was open on Sundays and stayed open until 6pm during the week.

The city council said if the pilot was a success then longer opening hours could be introduced.

But it seems that shoppers voted with their feet and have not taken advantage of the extra opening hours.

A council spokesman said: “Temporary changes to opening hours over the Christmas period were not well supported by either traders or customers.

“As a result, there are no imminent plans to permanently change opening hours at the Moor Market.”

There have also been problems with a disabled access lift at the rear of the market building, which was constructed by contractor Bowmer and Kirkland.

It is understood the lift has not been in full working order since the market opened to the public in November 2013 as a replacement for Castle Market.

One shopper said she had been told that the parts needed to fix it were in Germany.

The council has apologised for the ‘unacceptable level of inconvenience’ caused.

The spokesman said: “We are aware of the ongoing problems with the disabled access lift at the back entrance of the Moor Market and are actively working to find a permanent solution.

“We apologise for the unacceptable level of inconvenience that this has caused, and would like to reassure users we are doing all we can to bring the lift back into use as soon as possible.

“Our disabled customers still have full access to the market from the main entrance on The Moor.”