Traders at Doncaster Market are rejoicing after controversial council plans to scrap stalls were cancelled, the Free Press can reveal.
And there could be more good news for stallholders – the bulk of a huge cash injection for the borough’s markets will be coming to the town centre.
Traders on the stalls at Goose Hill – many of whom have worked the market for decades – were angered when they learned of learn of plans to scrap their stalls to create a ‘drop-off’ point for shoppers.
Although they would still be allowed to trade under the scheme, their stalls would have been replaced by temporary structures – something the traders regarded as unworkable.
Bob Johnson, the authority’s cabinet member for regeneration and growth, tourism, culture and leisure, told the Free Press: “A number of options were put up regarding the market and this is one that has been dropped.
“I’ve visited the market more or less every day its been opened and it’s clear that this is unnecessary – there are plenty of places where cars can drop off shoppers already.
“It would also be too costly.”
Coun Johnson also confirmed that the extant market stalls would be retained – and possibly improved.
Doncaster Council has £1.3million to spend across the borough’s markets, including those at Mexborough, Edlington, Rossington and Thorne as well as the Doncaster town centre market.
“I don’t know the amounts yet but the bulk of that cash – possibly three quarters or two thirds, will be spent in the Marketplace.
“It needs a facelift and the stalls on Goose Hill certainly need one. We want to make visiting the market as good as shopping experience as possible.”
John Brett who has worked on a fruit and veg stall at the market for 45 years, said: “I’m very pleased to hear this and that we’ll be staying where we are – we were considering stopping selling at the stall if they forced to use a temporary one.”