Former BHS building bought by council as part of Scunthorpe Market relocation plan
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 Apr 2018
The former BHS building in Scunthorpe town centre has been bought by North Lincolnshire Council, it has been announced.
The authority is planning to relocate Scunthorpe Market to the building, in the Parishes shopping centre, and council officials say they received positive feedback from traders following initial consultations about the move.
The former BHS store was revealed last month to be the council's preferred site for the relocation of the market and bosses have today confirmed the purchase of the building.
Council leader Rob Waltham said: "This is the next step in creating a modern new market for the people of Scunthorpe and wider North Lincolnshire.
"Scunthorpe Market is a focal point for the town and after a positive reaction to the plans announced last month we’re keen to press ahead and deliver this scheme.
"The new market plans are part of our vision to regenerate Scunthorpe and bring people into the town centre. The £1 million facelift for Scunthorpe Central Library is another part of that overall project which we’re looking forward to opening next month."
The proposed new site for Scunthorpe Market at the former BHS store in the Parishes shopping centre and (inset) the existing market building
Mr Waltham said the new site would offer opportunities to new and existing traders and said talks with stall-holders would continue during the design process for the new market.
He said: "As well as shoppers’ favourite stalls, creating this new market gives us the opportunity to extend the market offer and be open to new market traders looking to launch or expand in Scunthorpe.
"We’re continuing to speak to traders throughout this process, and we’re keen to hear from residents too, to make sure we create a bright and vibrant new market that works for everybody."
The relocation of the market forms part of an overall £60 million scheme which was announced last summer to regenerate the town centre.
The council said the plan is being supported through grant funding from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
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