District’s markets set for major boost
investment of over £4.8million is
being planned for the district’s markets.
programme would enhance the
quality, look and feel of the markets in order to attract new traders and
customers and ensure they continue to play a key role in our city and town
involves investment into the outdoor markets at Wakefield, Ossett,
Pontefract and Castleford, including reconfiguration, more attractive stalls
and promotional banners to better promote their days of operation.
will also include the modernisation of Castleford and Pontefract market halls
and the reconfiguration of South Elmsall and Normanton markets to improve links
to the high street.
will also provide financial
support for traders who wish to modernise their own units. This would
help with the overall visual
improvement of the market and, alongside training and development
opportunities, provides traders with a chance to develop their business.
planning approvals, the Council are hopeful that work will begin on each site
late next year and be completed by summer 2021.
Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and
Regeneration, said: “Although the usage of markets has undoubtedly declined
over the years, as consumer shopping habits have changed, the Council
recognises that they are an integral part of our city and town centres and
provide an important focal point and social experience for many residents.
“We also know
they provide access to local, fresh produce and an excellent environment for small businesses to start up
important that we can offer quality markets that can compete and evolve as the
use of the high street continues to change but they must also be sustainable
and that’s why we will also be setting
more realistic expectations of the income our markets generate to ensure we can
focus on their development.”
Members of Cabinet
will discuss the report at their meeting on 14 January at 10.30am in Wakefield
Town Hall. The meeting can be watched live or later
on the Council’s website.