Wakefield Market consultation tests new location

Wakefield Council is to test a potential new venue for outdoor market stalls as part of the ongoing consultation on the possible closure and relocation of Wakefield Market.

The consultation - which started in March and ends on April 30 - follows a proposal from the developers of Trinity Walk shopping centre to demolish the current market hall and use the site for a cinema, shops and restaurants.

The one-day, one-off trial of a new outdoor market location in Wakefield Cathedral Precinct takes place on Saturday, April 26, from 9am to 4pm, with 33 traders signed up to take part.

The Council will be conducting street surveys during the trial market, collecting views of shoppers as part of the wider consultation of the public, traders and other stakeholders.

Immediately following the Saturday market, businesses in the city centre will be contacted for their views on how the new location impacted on their trade on the day.

Cllr David Dagger, Council Cabinet Member for Markets, said: "The idea for this trial came from the consultation – with traders and businesses wanting to know more about how it could potentially work so we decided to test it out and get feedback before we closed the consultation.

"It is an opportunity for local traders, surrounding shops and customers to gain an idea of what it could be like if the market was moved to the Cathedral Precinct and if it could be a viable option.

"On the day we will be asking for feedback from the traders as well as customers and local businesses. The feedback will then be included in a final report about the future of the market, which will be discussed by at a meeting of the Council's Cabinet."

As this is a trial, traders are being offered up to two stalls, free of charge, with up to 50 stalls expected to be set on the day.

The trial is open to indoor, outdoor and food hall traders at the current Wakefield Market as well as arts and crafts traders currently using the Cathedral Precinct.