A long promised regeneration of Mexborough Market will not take place until at least early next year, traders have said.
Disagreements between traders, councillors and Doncaster Council chiefs over how the £400, 000 upgrade should take shape has seen the project repeatedly delayed over the last several months.
Stallholders rejected artists’ impressions of the revamped market earlier this summer amidst concern the council would remove all the rigid outdoor stalls and replace them with “flimsy” pop-ups.
Council markets bosses are currently working behind the scenes to come up with alternative plans, but traders say they have been told building work could be delayed until the new year.
Trader Chris Chantler, 58, of Hemingfield, vice chair of Mexborough’s market traders’ federation said: “It has been a long process, but different traders want different things. We need to make sure the plans fit everyone the best they can.
“I’m told by the council that they are working on a scheme which would be a compromise to everyone but they haven’t shown us the plans yet. There’s a lot of processes, planning and consultations, and it won’t be until next year when they could start work now.”
The council’s original plan was to take out the rigid, 40-year-old outdoor stalls and replace them with gazebo style pop ups that could be taken down at the end of trading days. This scheme was due for completion by October.
But this was rejected earlier in the summer by some traders who claimed the new stalls would not be able to stand up to stormy weather or high winds.
Some traders said a mixture of rigid and pop-ups would be the best move, and the council is understood to be working on compromise plans.
But some traders have criticised how the whole saga has been handled.
Trader Phil Toone, 60, said: “Right from day one communication has been poor between all the different parties.
“I think you need some rigid stalls, which will stand the test of time and stand up to bad weather like the other ones did.”