Market set to open after £470,000 revamp

Artist impressions of the new look Mexborough Market. Picture: Andrew Roe
Artist impressions of the new look Mexborough Market. Picture: Andrew Roe

The £470,000 redevelopment of Mexborough Market is set to be completed, with a date annouced for the re-opening of the market to the public.

Work on York Square, which began in April 2015, has seen Mexborough Market temporarily moved to Hope Street while council staff put in new stalls, replaced steps to improve access and redeveloped the market square to create a larger public open space.

Temporary fencing will be removed on Wednesday, July 1, signalling the end of the works.

An official re-opening ceremony is now planned for Friday August 21.

Doncaster Council says the redevelopment work signals an exciting new chapter in the history of the market and will create a better experience for shoppers and traders.

The ceremony will see elected mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones join members of the Mexborough community to celebrate the return of the market to its regular home and recognise the wide range of improvements made during the project.

Officials at the council who have been in charge of the redevelopment say the project has run ahead of schedule, helping to minimise disruption to trading by finishing up to seven weeks earlier than expected.

Work included installation of improved closed circuit television cameras and tannoys, while new seating has also been put in place at the site.

Mayor Mrs Jones said: “I am delighted that redevelopment work on Mexborough Market has been so efficient that we are able to welcome traders and shoppers back ahead of schedule.

“This will allow everyone to enjoy the new and improved market for the peak of the summer and I am sure that local people will welcome these fantastic new enhancements.

“I would like to thank traders for their patience while this work was ongoing and I hope as many people as possible will join me on August 21 to celebrate the re-opening of the new and improved market.”

The second-hand market will be at York Square on Thursday July 2, while the first full outdoor market back at the newly-renovated square will take place on Friday, July 3.