Row over Doncaster market development plans

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Doncaster traders are up in arms about council plans to scrap part of the town’s outdoor market.

Stallholders are raising a petition to block the move to turn part of the site into a drop-off point for shoppers.

The plans are to scrap the stalls at the side of the Corn Exchange – those close to the Star building in Doncaster – which are used during the Tuesday and weekend markets and also for the traditional Wednesday flea market.

Doncaster Council is believed to have offered traders the option of continuing the Wednesday market using temporary ‘pop-up’ stalls but the traders are not keen on the suggestion.

The authority is also believed to have already set aside a budget for the plan, part of a pot of over £900,000 for the regeneration of Doncaster Open Markets.

John Brett, from Hatfield, has worked on a fruit and veg stall for over 45 years.

He said: “It’s a load of rubbish, they want to leave things alone. My boss has had this stall for 57 years and I can’t see us moving. I think it would be more likely that we’d pack it in.”

A council spokesman said: “There has been extensive consultation with traders and the Traders’ Federation.

“One proposal is the creation of a pick-up and drop- off point for shoppers. This would allow collapsible stalls to be erected when the flea market stands.

“We would never want to turn traders away – the whole aim of the scheme is to give us the potential to respond to trader demand, grow the market and help create jobs.”