Scunthorpe Market looks set to undergo a near £119,000 rejuvenation after a review by the Economic Development and Corporate Issues Scrutiny Panel in 2009; this led to the allocation of £25,000 for a feasibility study in 2010/11, to explore works needed to improve North Lincolnshire Markets. A capital allocation of £100,000 was made available which saw £7,000 spent on new canopies for Brigg Market leaving £93,000 available to spend.
Scunthorpe Old Market Hall
The Old Hall at Scunthorpe Market was identified as the first priority in need of revitalising. Low footfall coupled with an increasing number of vacant units has being blamed for adversely affecting trade. Many of the vacant units have been identified to be in need of modernisation to make them more attractive to potential traders. The outdoor market, known as the Old Barn, has seen a continuing decline in the number of stalls that are occupied.
The review highlights three priorities To consolidate the trading area bringing in stalls from the Old Barn To attract more shoppers to the market through regular events To refurbish some vacant stalls ready for new traders The plans for the Old Hall, expected to take 12 weeks and mainly from Mondays to Thursdays, will see the refurbishment of vacant stalls to the rear followed by the demolition of the two blocks of stalls by the entrance with the creation of the new raised area, to be known as 'The Podium @ Scunthorpe Market'. The Podium would create a meeting space and a venue to hold exhibitions and events several times a month. These will include children's activities, fashion shows, craft demonstrations and even tea dances. Traders from the Old Barn will be move into the refurbished stalls with trading ceasing in the outdoor area with a view to demolishing the vacant stalls in the next financial year. The total cost of the works amounts to £118,535, of which £93,000 from the Capital Budget together with savings on the feasibility study leaves a shortfall of £10,535, this is expected to be met out of existing budgets.
The plans are expected to be approved on 2nd March 2011.
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