Wednesday, November 8, 2023

News: Relocation for outdoor market as revamp works begin


Rotherham outdoor market will be temporarily relocated from the outdoor covered market to Effingham Street as works progress of the regeneration of Rotherham Markets.

Rothbiz rerported last month that enabling works had started on the £30m+ project after it was delayed due to rising costs. Rotherham Council has recently approved a way forward so that the lead contractors, Henry Boot, can get on site.

To allow this work to take place, the outdoor market will be temporarily relocated to Effingham Street to ensure that market traders can operate, and shoppers can continue to use it while redevelopment work is carried out. The new temporary location has been carefully chosen to provide vendors and patrons with a welcoming and accessible space while the redevelopment project is in progress.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs & the Local Economy, Councillor Denise Lelliot, said: ”We are excited to begin the next phase in the redevelopment of the town centre markets. Local businesses, vendors, and community members have expressed their enthusiasm for the upcoming changes. This temporary relocation is seen as a steppingstone towards an even more exciting and vibrant marketplace in the future.”

This relocation ensures that the existing outdoor market can continue to thrive while Rotherham evolves and grows. It also offers an exciting opportunity for both vendors and shoppers to experience a fresh and revitalised market atmosphere.

Once the works are complete, visitors will benefit from a refurbished indoor and outdoor covered market, extensive public realm, a modern and accessible central library and improved links to the town centre and college.

A key part of the borough’s town centre masterplan, a previous estimate of £31.7m for the markets redevelopment puts it second only to the £47m Forge Island development in terms of town centre investment.

The proposals have been designed to appeal to young generations and new customers, whilst not alienating the existing customer base.

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Anonymous,  November 8, 2023 at 3:01 PM  

Nice to see progress being made and it will be great to have the Library back in the town centre

Anonymous,  November 9, 2023 at 12:46 AM  

I don' t want town centre undesirable elements to start using the library. Allowing them anywhere near books or ordinary law abiding people is not on

Daniel Wild,  November 9, 2023 at 8:40 AM  

Great to see some progress being made, it's a shame the traders are relocating during winter, I hope they look after them when the renovations are complete

Anonymous,  November 9, 2023 at 10:59 AM  

Thursdays will be fun

Anonymous,  November 9, 2023 at 2:16 PM  

Not to mention Tuesdays

Anonymous,  November 11, 2023 at 8:21 AM  

This will actually be good for the town

Anonymous,  November 11, 2023 at 5:34 PM  

It will certainly increase footfall in the centre

Mark November 11, 2023 at 8:21 PM  

It seemed much better in town today having the market in the centre of town. Made town look busier. Maybe it should be on Effingham Street all the time rather than tucked away in the horrible market area.

Anonymous,  November 13, 2023 at 2:06 AM  

Perhaps they could put a roof over the town centre

Anonymous,  November 13, 2023 at 6:55 AM  

Was nice to see people for a change, maybe having the market there wouldn't be the worst outcome.

Anonymous,  November 13, 2023 at 8:50 AM  

It will be there all the time for at least two years

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