This is how a revamped Mexborough Market could look under ambitious plans unveiled for the first time today.
Artists’ impressions have been released by Doncaster Council showing how a £400, 000 regeneration is set to take shape.
The images show how the outdoor markets’ rigid stalls in York Square are set to be replaced with gazebo style pop ups that can be put up and taken down at the end of market days. They also reveal new street furniture and planters.
Council bosses hope to arrange pop up stalls in such a way that drama and music performances can be put on in York Square.
The scheme has faced criticism from a portion of traders who say they just want a new roof and the rigid stalls to remain. They claimed last week that a survey showed only two traders out of 40 were in favour, while only 12 shoppers out of 400 supported it.
However, outdoor traders told this week how most of them had been left out of the survey and stressed the majority were actually in favour of the plans.
Stallholders and councillors held a summit meeting with Doncaster mayor Ros Jones on Monday and have agreed to meet again to discuss the scheme further in two weeks time.
Mexborough councillor Sue Phillips said: “Some are happy with the plans, but others want some of the rigid stall to remain with a new roof.
“However, a new roof is not cost effective. We were also asked if just a small number of rigid stalls could remain rather than getting rid of them all. These plans are for everyone to have a look and they can be amended.
“We must start work in early June because we want it completed by October before Christmas. This will rejuvenate the market. We need to increase footfall because the market is dying. This will brighten it all up.”
Chris Chantler, 58, vice chair of the Mexborough branch of the National Market Traders Federation, said: “From our evidence traders want some rigid stalls to stay.” Outdoor stallholder Paula Walford added: “Most of the dedicated outdoor traders are happy with the pop ups.”