Plans to build Mexborough’s new outdoor market have finally been approved despite concerns the new layout could attract nuisance gangs.
Doncaster Council’s planning committee approved the scheme at a meeting in the Civic Offices on Tuesday after months of talks between traders and council officials.
The £400, 000 project involves removing the current rigid stalls from York Square and also taking out the security fencing. It will be replaced by rigid stalls split into three hubs and pop-up stalls, that can be put up and taken down on market days, will also be introduced.
Steps up to the square will also be replaced with a sloped area to make it more accessible for disabled people. There will also be new planters and seating areas.
South Yorkshire Police had raised concerns about the removal of the fencing and said: “It is believed that the total removal of the boundary onto High Street will cause gatherings that are not suitably surveyed or controlled which will increase the likelihood of crime and disorder.”
But project bosses Doncaster Council said it will create a “high quality public space” and officers recommended if for approval, stating: “the benefits proposed outweigh the concerns registered.”
Mexborough councillor Sue Phillips said: “This is a failing market at present, we need to regenerate it or risk losing it.”
Councillors voted unanimously to approve it.