VIDEO: Mayor’s vow over Mexborough market plan

Mayor Ros Jones has pledged to ensure the redevelopment of Mexborough’s market area gains pace after making the scheme her ‘top priority’.

Councillors are planning to use a cash windfall of around £400, 000 to breathe new life into the outdoor market.

The run down Mexborough market, as it currently stands on York Square. Picture: Liz Mockler S1279LM

The run down Mexborough market, as it currently stands on York Square. Picture: Liz Mockler S1279LM

Traders expressed concern about progress with the scheme last week but Mrs Jones has now vowed to make the redevelopment of the town top of her list.

She said: “I am making the regeneration of the borough a top priority. There is a strong desire in the council to make progress as quickly as possible at Mexborough Market in order to improve trade and the shopping offer in what is the borough’s second largest town centre.

“My cabinet is working with ward members, traders and members of the public on the scheme and we hope to share more details shortly.”

Doncaster Council has earmarked £350, 000 funding for the regeneration and the town also has £50, 000 from the Government’s High Street Innovation Fund.

Meanwhile, Doncaster Comumnity Arts has vowed to hold public performance events in the town as part of a £2.5 million grant they have received.

A proposal for the town centre masterplan involves moving some stalls onto the High Street, where necessary, to open up room for a performance area in York Square.

This would also create a street market on the High Street using pop up stalls.

There is also an idea for new street furniture and planters in the town centre.

Stallholders complained last week about a lack of consultation and claimed all they wanted was a new roof over the outdoor market.

Gordon Smith, who has traded on the market for several decades, said: “The pop-up stalls get knocked over in bad winds. The current stalls are durable and most should stay. We need a new roof as the current one leaks.”

But Mexborough councillor Sue Phillips said ward members’ would listen to the concerns of traders.

Council officers held a meeting with about 30 traders a fortnight ago to give updates on the project.

A Doncaster Council spokesman said plans are still in the consultation phase and the final decision will be taken by Mrs Jones.