A project to regenerate Mexborough’s market has stalled yet again - after traders rejected blueprints put forward by council chiefs.
Talks have been ongoing for several months between stallholders and Doncaster Council’s markets bosses about how to best spent a £400, 000 government cash windfall to improve the town’s outdoor market.
The authority put forward artists’ impressions of a revamped York Square, which proposed to remove all of the rigid stalls and replace them with eight permanent ones and a selection of gazebo style pop-ups.
The idea is that the pop ups can be put up and taken down at the end of market days, and allow for the square to be used for music and drama performances.
But Wendy Bailey, chair of the town’s market traders’ federation, said traders rejected this by a vote of 42 against and just 11 in favour. Stallholders instead want to see more than 20 rigid stalls and have asked for new plans to be drawn up.
Wendy said: “A number of traders believe these pop ups are too flimsy and will not stand up to bad weather conditions.” The council is formulating new plans and is due to meet again with traders this summer.