A long-promised regeneration of Mexborough Market is finally moving forward following months of disagreements over how it should take shape.
Doncaster Council chiefs revealed artists’ impressions of how it will look for the first time this week and set out a timetable for how the work will be completed.
The move follows about 18 months of disagreements between traders, councillors and markets’ officials over how the £400,000 upgrade should look.
Dave Wilkinson, assistant director for trading services and assets at the council, said: “This is the best compromise. We expect this will prove to be the catalyst for the town’s revival and will boost trade and improve the shopping experience.”
Original plans were rejected by traders in the summer over concerns there were too many pop up stalls which could not withstand strong winds.
But Phil Toone, former president of the town’s market traders’ federation, said this week he was “pleased to see” the project progressing.
The current rigid stalls in York Square will be removed and replaced with 14 new fixed stalls and 20 pop ups, which are to be secured in to the ground, that can be put up and taken down on market days.
Steps to the square will also be taken out along with security railings to be replaced with a gentle slope to improve access for disabled people. The square will also be re-paved.
Large concrete planters will be taken out of the High Street and five new trees planted along with new seating. There will also be improved signage to the indoor market.
Mr Wilkinson added: “The stalls will have LED lighting and there will also be CCTV. We had a meeting with traders last week and those who came were very happy with the plans.” He added a planning application will be submitted within the next three weeks and plans would go on display in the market and library.
It is expected to take around two months to go through the planning process and then work will start just before Christmas or in the new year. Work will take 16 weeks to complete and traders affected will receive temporary pop ups.