What does Scarborough want from its new market?

EXCITING £2.7m plans to transform Scarborough’s historic market are moving forward and partners in the project want local people to get involved. They want to speak to shoppers, stallholders, local businesses and residents about what they want to see change.

The feedback they get will feed into the process of creating a fresh and vibrant new market for the town.

The ongoing consultations have begun with a series of meetings with market stallholders.

There will then be two meetings, on 2 nd December from 7pm at the Sub Aqua Club, on St Mary’s Street, and on 3rd December from 4pm at the Rainbow Centre, Castle Road, for local residents to give their views.

There will be further consultations, including an online survey. People will be asked things like what would best breathe new life into the market, what they would like to see there and what would attract them to shop. Councillor Bill Chatt, Scarborough Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health and Housing, said: “This is the first step in the exciting creation of a new market for Scarborough.

“It is vital that everyone who has an interest – be they stallholders, local residents or local shoppers – has an opportunity to give their views on what they want from their local market.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new, vibrant market. Somewhere to shop, meet up and enjoy, right in the heart of Scarborough. We want everyone to seize the chance to be a part of it.”

scarborough market image 1Scarborough Borough Council and the University of Hull are partners in the transformation project, made possible thanks to a £2.7m grant from the Coastal Communities Fund, administered by the Big Lottery Fund.

The historic market building is to get a complete makeover, during which a new mezzanine floor will be added, to create space for new shops, offices and a café. The physical alterations will be joined by two exciting online projects. The University of Hull is creating an online market, a virtual Scarborough market on a single website, with lots of different traders but one pay point. It is also creating an online market intelligence system. This will be an invaluable source of data and analysis of key trends and influences on the local business environment.

It will help those running businesses or considering setting up a business in and around Scarborough. For example, it will enable a greater understanding of how changes in the local market and wider business environment (political, economic, social and technological) might impact upon their costs and revenues and thus upon their business performance.

All trader enquiries please contact Nick Taylor – 01723 232440; Mobile 07967 465377,