Scunthorpe Market traders set to inspect new site as positive response to relocation plans is revealed

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 11 Apr 2018

Traders on Scunthorpe Market who next year face relocating their stalls to the former BHS store in the nearby Parishes shopping mall have been invited to inspect the proposed site.

The invitation came after the market owners at North Lincolnshire Council claimed more than 90 per cent of the existing stall-holders were positive about the move following initial consultations.

The proposed relocation of Scunthorpe Market

Council officials say 13 workshops have been held with traders over the past two weeks after the former BHS store was revealed to be the authority's preferred site for the relocation of the market last month.

And the council said 94 per cent of attendees at the workshops were positive about the plans and the proposed location.

Jacquie Barnes, who runs Barney’s Sweets on the market, said: "We've all been to the initial workshops and look forward to continued involvement in the plans for the new market.

"We are excited about the regeneration of the town centre that puts the market back at the heart of the community."

Greengrocer Charmaine Ingham, who is among the traders at Scunthorpe Market

Charmaine Ingham, who trades as Tutti Fruitier, said: "We are quite happy with the current proposals and looking forward to inspecting the new market site.

"The move is a better idea than trading outdoors on open stalls in all weathers in the High Street."

And Jeff Sewell, who trades as Gimme Golf, said: "We are all waiting to see what is going to be on offer. But there are some concerns relating to trading hours and possible rent increases."

Council leader Rob Waltham said: "This is a significant investment, which I promised right from the start – that will provide a new market in a central location.

"We have received a very positive response so far. Traders have been giving us some great ideas to help drive this project forward that we will explore further.

The existing Scunthorpe Market (Image: David Haber)

"We are keen to continue this dialogue with traders to ensure they are involved in planning the new market.

"Following on from the workshops, we will next be inviting traders to look around the building. This will enable them to get a feel for how it will work for their business.

"It is in our intention to keep traders involved throughout the process."

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