Plan of action is due for market

COUNCILLORS will use the advice of a top business expert to put together an action plan to improve trade in Mexborough.

Ward members have pledged to have a proposal ready in the new year, following consultations with the public on how to best use a cash windfall to improve trade in the town.

They will feed in ideas put forward by Doncaster’s town centre manager Roy Dean who gave a presentation at a packed meeting in Mexborough Resource Centre last Thursday.

Mr Dean said control measures are set to be introduced on the pedestrianised High Street to stop vehicles illegally parking outside shops.

He also pledged to look at ways of filling vacant shops and added the appointment of town centre ambassadors would help to promote Mexborough.

He said: “There needs to be a strong business case. We have got to get an action plan in place.”

He added he would act as a consultant on any scheme to improve the town centre.

Meanwhile, residents at the meeting called for the appointment of a full time town centre manager for Mexborough.

The meeting was also told of plans to move the outdoor market stalls onto the High Street.

A number of funding streams are potentially in the pipeline.

A £50, 000 grant has already been secured through the Government’s High Street Innovation Fund. Part of a £2.5 million fund from Doncaster Community Arts is also set to be used for projects in the town.

Councillors in Doncaster will meet today to decide how to share out a £1.3 million pot to improve the town’s markets.

Councillor David Holland said: “We will collate all the ideas put forward and present an action plan at a public meeting in the new year.”