An artists impression of how the new Mexborough Market could look.
An artists impression of how the new Mexborough Market could look.

Stallholders have urged council chiefs to postpone any construction work to revamp Mexborough Market until after Christmas.

Traders said they did not want the town centre to look like a ‘building site’ during the busy festive period as this could have a “disastrous” effect on trade.

They are instead urging markets’ bosses at Doncaster Council to wait until the new year when shopper footfall is generally quieter before any work on the £400, 000 project starts.

The authority vowed to listen to traders concerns and said it is “likely” work will be deferred until the new year.

Trader Chris Chantler, 58, of Hemingfield, vice chair of Mexborough’s market traders’ federation, said: “It was have a disastrous effect on trade if the place is like a building site before Christmas. “There would be issues with shoppers gaining access. We understand the work needs to take place but the new year would be better.”

A spokesperson for Doncaster Council said: “We will speak to traders and will go with what they want. If the concern is that traders want to wait until the new year then we will abide by that.

“During the work disruptions will be kept to a minimum and there will be increased signage to direct shoppers.”

Artists’ impressions of how the revamped market will look were revealed for the first time earlier this month after about 18 months of disagreements between traders, councillors and markets’ officials over how the scheme should take shape. The current rigid stalls in York Square will be removed and replaced with 14 new fixed stalls and 20 pop ups.