Campaigners fighting to save a Sheffield market building from the bulldozers have been told it is to come down.
The Yorkshire Twentieth Century Society wants to save the eight storey Castlegate Tower, part of the old Castle Market, on Waingate so it can be reused either as offices or a viewing platform for the planned park that could be built around the ruins of Sheffield Castle.
They offered to help redesign proposals for the site, saying the tower had architectural merit and could be a ‘key’ part of the area’s regeneration.
But they have now been told that Sheffield Council is to carry on with the demolition.
Campaign leaders believe it is ‘short-sighted’ when the council does not have a developer or funding in place for regenerating the area yet.
An initial bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for cash to fund archaeological investigation and design was rejected.
Emma England, from the campaign, said: “When money is tight is it sensible to pay out hundreds of thousands of pounds for demolition? “Working with a developer to refurbish Castlegate Tower could have brought in vital income.
“This is a unique, landmark building which could be used for accommodation or high-spec offices, and an information centre for the ruins if any are found.
“If Sheffield is serious about sustainable development and becoming a low-carbon city, every effort should have been made to refurbish and re-use buildings like Castlegate Tower.”
The council previously said that the tower forms an integral part of the market that would be ‘difficult to isolate’ and make secure without ‘significant extra costs’.
Pre-demolition work at the market site was due to begin this month.