Work has begun on Normanton Market to make improvements that will give it a new lease of life. It will remain open to shoppers while the £650,000 refurbishment is undertaken.
Most of the work will be to the inside of the market and is part of Wakefield Council’s commitment to spend £4.8 million to improve markets across Wakefield district.
Market traders will benefit from new welfare facilities, windows, doors, a full electrical rewire, new energy efficient lighting, and new replacement shutters to the shop fronts.
Outside the market, there will be a new space for residents and shoppers to sit with new street furniture, along with repairs and resurfacing to the paved areas.
Freestanding open stalls at the back of the Market will be removed. These have frequently attracted anti-social behaviour and caused concern to residents.
Councillor Darren Byford, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economic Growth and Property said: ‘Whilst Covid-19 has delayed works, I am thrilled we are now able to deliver on this investment at Normanton. The market plays an essential role in the health and vibrancy of the town, contributing to the local economy, bringing people to the town centre and providing an important meeting place for residents and communities.”
Normanton Market has changed in recent years with traditional stalls, selling fruit or vegetables, being replaced by traders offering a service. At present a bicycle repair shop and beautician are among the businesses in the market.
Traders have welcomed the investment. Stacey Mulligan who runs ‘Sugar & Spice and all things iced’ said: “This will be a new market for the people of Normanton and us.”
Cllr Byford added: “The market is going to look fantastic once the work has been completed, and we would encourage anyone who has an idea for a business to get in touch, to discuss the possibility of opening at Normanton Market.”
Cllr Lynn Masterman, Deputy Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economic Growth and Property said: “It’s great to see the work finally get underway. I am really excited about our plans for Normanton Market because it will benefit local communities and the traders.”
“I’m pleased to say that it will be business as usual, and we are working closely with traders to minimise disruption to them and to shoppers.”
Work will be completed before Christmas.