Artists’ impressions of how Mexborough’s revamped outdoor market could look have stirred a mixed reaction among traders.
Doncaster Council revealed for the first time pictures of how a £400, 000 regeneration is set to take shape. The masterplan shows how rigid stalls in York Square will be ripped out and replaced with gazebo-style pop ups that can be put up and taken down on market days.
The impressions were put on display at Mexborough Resource Centre last week and provoked fierce debate among the town’s councillors, indoor and outdoor market traders.
Indoor trader Chris Chantler, 58, vice chair of the Mexborough branch of the National Market Traders Federation, said some stall-holders felt the pop ups are too flimsy in high winds. He added: “We would like to see at least some rigid stalls retained for the outdoor market. They have stood for many years, and would last for years to come.”
However some outdoor traders were in favour of the scheme.
Outdoor trader Paula Walford, 48, of Simpson Place, Mexborough, said: “The new set up looks far better than what we have now. I hear there are five new traders interested in coming to the town after seeing the artists’ impressions.”
Mexborough councillor David Holland said: “We can arrange pop ups so that street performers can put shows on in the square on market days. We need to start building work in June so it is ready for October and the Christmas shopping season.”
Along with the new stalls, there would be new street furniture and planters. There is also a plan for retractable bollards at the top and bottom of the High Street to stop illegal parking in the pedestrianised areas.
Feedback from the public exhibition will be discussed at a meeting between Doncaster mayor Ros Jones, councillors, traders and markets officials later this month.