Views sought on future of Rotherham Markets

Published Thursday, 24th May 2018
How Rotherham Markets could look under the new plans.
How Rotherham Markets could look under the new plans.

Residents are being asked for their views on the future design of Rotherham markets as part of Rotherham Council’s plans to regenerate the town centre.

From Tuesday 29th May until Friday 15th June, a new exhibition will feature in one of the indoor market stalls. Rotherham Markets; Past Present and Future looks at the history of Rotherham market and its future development – with customers visiting the stall being given the chance to submit their thoughts in writing.

The regeneration of Rotherham markets is identiļ¬ed as a key project within the Town Centre Masterplan. A number of design options will be prepared to modernise both the Centenary outdoor covered and indoor markets.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said: “Rotherham has always been a proud market town and we know a lot of our residents have a fondness for our town centre markets, which is why we are asking for people’s opinions and ideas on how we can improve the indoor and outdoor covered markets, whilst ensuring that their ‘historic charm’ and what currently works well is not lost.”

Rotherham Council’s Town Centre Masterplan brings to life how the town is moving forwards, utilising its river and canal, its open spaces and its feature buildings. At the heart of the plan is a vision to create a much-improved visitor experience with more to do and to see.

Plans include a major leisure destination at Forge Island with a cinema, hotel, and eateries, a new University Centre, refurbished bus station, and a large increase in the number of people living in the town centre.

Earlier this year, Rotherham Council asked for expressions of interest for the development of Forge Island, with more than 35 development packs sent to interested parties. From these, three bidders have now been asked to make detailed submissions.

Demolition work, site preparation and further flood alleviation work is taking place around the site, with new hoardings in place.

A development partner will be chosen in the Autumn, following interviews and evaluation, before a planning application is submitted. Building work is expected to start towards the end of 2019 or early 2020.

Rotherham Council’s Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment Damien Wilson said: "The pace of the regeneration in the town centre is unlike anything I've seen and I've worked in areas up and down the country.

"The Masterplan has been adopted, we've made acquisitions, demolished buildings, funding has been secured for projects such as the University Centre Rotherham and the bus interchange, and housing sites are being brought to market. In two years, that's massive.”

Rotherham Markets; Past Present and Future can be found at stall 47 on the ground floor of the Indoor Market. It will be open at the following times:

  • 10am to 2pm on: Tuesday 29 May, Thursday 31 May, Monday 4 June, Wednesday 6 June, Friday 8 June, Monday 11 June, Wednesday 13 June and Friday 15 June
  • 10am until noon on Saturday 2 June.

Find out more about the Forge Island development

Visit the website to find out more about Rotherham's Council's Masterplan

If you are a business in Rotherham, and would like to find out how you can support Rotherham:

Go to the Rotherham Pioneers website