Tuesday, November 19, 2019

News: Improvement plan for Rotherham Markets


Charging is set to be brought in for use of the toilets in the Centenary Market Hall as Council bosses look at ways to relieve budget pressures at the markets area of Rotherham town centre.

The markets complex awaits a potential longer term redevelopment andRothbiz reported last month that Black Cat Building Consultancy and Greig and Stephenson Architects had been appointed to work with Rotherham Council and stakeholders to help prepare and develop plans for the markets.

Until regeneration plans, which could incorporate a new location for the central library, are realised, the markets continue to show a shortfall in authority budgets as trading conditions remain challenging.

A recently approved improvement plan includes the Council hosting more markets in the outdoor covered market area and introducing charges for the toilets.

Council documents also show that charges for the existing markets in the outdoor covered area are set to be "revised."

Bosses say that without improvements, the "markets will continue to lose stalls; to the point where it is no longer viable to run them."


Rotherham's history stems back 800 years when it is thought that the original royal market charter was granted by King John in the year 1207.

The regeneration of Rotherham markets is identiļ¬ed as a key project within the Town Centre Masterplan.

New markets include the Children's Clothing & Toys Market and the complex is set to benefit from the introduction of free Wi-Fi next year via a Council scheme.

Documents state: "The Markets currently has a major budget pressure. The improvement plan will seek to create additional income to partially alleviate this pressure.

"Charging for the toilets will tackle anti-social behaviour, which is a recurring problem at the current time."

Rotherham Markets facebook page

Images: Signs Express


Unknown November 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM  

Which idiot thought of this cheaper products in tesco free toilets and you want people to walk to market to pay for a toilet not wounder market going down

Anonymous,  November 19, 2019 at 9:10 PM  

Reducing the number of councillors would help save some money-there’s far too many for the size of the town! & paying to use those toilets is disgraceful!

Benny November 20, 2019 at 4:43 PM  

We have been told a few years back that the Council is unfit for purpose.Remember the cost when they came from London to show them. Please tell me why you continue to vote the Labour in ?

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