OPINION: Moor needs to be done

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By all measurements it’s not a positive time for the new Moor Market.

Recorded visitor numbers currently stand at around 59,000 – a sixth of the intended weekly 100,000 target.

Twelve disillusioned stallholders have handed in their notice already.

And Sheffield Council has raised the idea of potentially refinancing the market, which cost £18 million to build and which opened to a fanfare last November.

Opening hours are to be reviewed, and a grace period of free rent for stallholders extended – but traders are divided on changes to opening hours.

All this makes for grim reading because a city’s market should be one of the liveliest, most vibrant places to be.

There’s no doubt that there is much work to do.

Everyone has a responsibility to try and make the Moor Market a success.

It is in the interest of the traders, council and public to work together.

Some people have pointed at the withdrawal of the Freebee bus service as one of the main factors.

All options should be explored to give the Moor Market a fighting chance.

The current statistics don’t look good but there is time to turn it around.

A successful city should have a thriving market.