Rotherham street market to expandPublished Thursday, 29th January 2015
Rotherham's hugely popular Tuesday street market is set to expand later this year to meet trader demand.
The number of stalls along Effingham Street will increase from 62 to 95 as the market extends into Effingham Square itself, which is situated directly opposite to the new relocated Tesco store.
Subject to availability, traders will be able to rent a stall from as little as £10, and it is expected these will be quickly snapped up as there is already a waiting list of traders wanting extra stalls. The Council's Market Service is confident that the additional stalls will be fully occupied within three months of being introduced.
Cllr Dominic Beck, Cabinet Member for Business Growth and Regeneration, said a consultation with the current Tuesday traders and customers had revealed a real need for more stalls throughout the town.
He added: "The Tuesday street market was introduced because it was one of the quietest days of the week. But that situation has been totally reversed and Tuesdays are now often one of the busiest days of the week bringing vibrancy and colour to the town centre.
"In 2012 the number of stalls was increased from 40 to 62 and here we are again, three years later, increasing that number again because there is a constant waiting list of traders. We believe that this investment in Rotherham's Market Service will be of huge benefit to both the town and to shoppers alike."
To cover the cost of the street market extension the authority is to borrow from the Public Loans Board over a five year period, with the repayment being covered by the estimated additional income generated from the market.
The existing 62 gazebos will be replaced and an additional 33 will be purchased to create 95 trading areas. Following a competitive tender process the new gazebos are to be bought from local Rotherham company, Gala Tents.
Jason Mace, Managing Director of Gala Tents, said the company is delighted to be part of this project.
He added: "We believe the Council has definitely got the the right idea for generating new business in Rotherham as the increase in footfall from the new Tesco is a huge benefit to Rotherham markets."
Future extensions on both Upper Millgate and College Street creating better links to Corporation Street and High Street will ensure maximum benefit.