Plans to revitalise Goldthorpe Market by moving it to a prime location on the high street are underway.
The move aims to benefit market traders, other local businesses and shoppers alike by better linking market stalls with the rest of the retail offer in Goldthorpe.
In recent years demand from traders for stalls declined significantly and as a result the market closed on Saturdays. Recently only one trader has been operating on Tuesdays.
Work to close and clear the current site is due to begin before the end of February. Barnsley Council will shortly be holding a consultation and wants to take views from Goldthorpe businesses and shoppers about what they want to see from a refreshed market offer.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “The existing location of the market is hidden from the main retail area and has been declining over recent years.
“The proposal to move the market to the high street will improve the synergy between the market traders and high street retailers and will encourage pedestrian footfall, reinvigorating both the market and the wider high street in Goldthorpe.
“Barnsley Town Centre’s outdoor market was relocated from a fixed site into the streets five years ago and this has been a great success, both for the stallholders and the high street businesses.
“Wombwell Market is already located on the main high street and is another example of this successful street market model benefitting both the market and the high street.”
The project is part of the Towns Fund scheme, through which Goldthorpe has been invited to bid for more than £25m investment to boost the area’s growth potential. The market move is one of a number of kickstart schemes already approved under the Towns Fund.
Derek Bramham, Chair of the Goldthorpe Town Board, said: “This is an important and exciting part of the Towns Fund programme for Goldthorpe. It will be a boost to the attractiveness of the retail offer in Goldthorpe and provide residents and visitors with a more joined up town centre.
“We look forward to working with businesses and residents and hearing how they would like to see the new look market take shape.”
George Peach, a trader at Goldthorpe Market, said: “I am looking forward to seeing the proposals for the market moving to a better location, to be part of the town centre and to hopefully see the market grow back into what it once was.”
The old market site is being considered for redevelopment for residential use. Consultation on the new market, involving businesses in Goldthorpe, is expected to begin in March, with a wider resident consultation following in April.