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Market engagement a success

Market public engagement event a success with new trader interest

2 August 2018

Hundreds of visitors attended the public engagement event on Friday 27 July at the site of the former BHS store in Scunthorpe town centre to see the plans for the new £4m St John’s Market which is due to open in Spring 2019.

Visitors were invited to see a 3D video, plans, a mock-up stall and ask questions/give their views.
The majority (83 per cent) of people who attended were positive (66 per cent) or had mixed reactions (17 per cent).

In addition to the existing market traders who will soon be allocated stalls, fifteen new people showed an interest in wanting a stall on the new indoor market.

Among the comments, people said they were impressed with the plans, thought it was in a great location, the plans exceeded expectations, and some thought it was modern and therefore will attract new young people. Most people were happy with the opening times.

There was a lot of interest from people keen to see the food offer expanded on the first floor with food being the biggest reason people visit the market. When asked 'what food outlets would attract you to the new market?', comments included Mexican, Chinese, vegan, salad bar, oriental noodles, gluten free, traditional food, and a bar.

Anyone interested in applying for a stall at the new market should contact 07773 647296 or email newmarket@northlincs.gov.uk.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“The event was a huge success – visitors showed a lot of interest in the plans and overall were really positive and looking forward to the new indoor market opening and the opportunities and benefits it will bring.

“We had a number of enquiries at the event last week from people interested in setting up a business in the market and this is to be welcomed.

“The market is a key part of the plans to regenerate the town centre in a £60m private/public sector investment. We can already see this starting to take shape with the completion of the new Ongo HQ and Scunthorpe Central and now the new market, which when completed, will provide a real boost to the town centre.

“We will continue to work with traders in developing the plans for the new market and are about to award the contract to refurbish the building so things are moving at a pace now.”

Market engagement
First Published:02 August 2018