Plans for new Scunthorpe Market site to be revealed to traders at special meeting

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 8 Mar 2018

Stall-holders on Scunthorpe Market are set to be told next week about the future of their businesses.

A meeting has been called by their landlords at North Lincolnshire Council for next Wednesday at the Humber University Technical College in nearby Church Square.

It follows a consultation exercise aiming to "inform the future direction, location and investment for the market" which was undertaken by the council in autumn last year.

The consultation raised fears that the stalls could be moved to an outdoor site and a 20,000-plus name petition was presented to Parliament by the town’s MP Nic Dakin, opposing a relocation of the stalls from the existing 112-year-old site on Market Hill.

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Council bosses then revealed in December that a new indoor site for the market was to be created, with the plans now set to be revealed to traders at Wednesday's meeting.

Speaking about the meeting being called, greengrocer Charmaine Ingham said: "It's better later than never.

Greengrocer Charmaine Ingham, who is among the traders at Scunthorpe Market

"Originally we were told we would get the answers last month. Now we are hoping they will be answered on Wednesday.

"But at the moment we are all in the dark and nobody knows what is happening."

Council leader Rob Waltham said: "We made a promise that we would have a new indoor market.

"We feel it is important to talk to traders first and that is what we are going to do."

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