The plans for the outdoor market are described as “ambitious”
Chesterfield’s market will be getting a revamp after the borough council agreed a £1.4m project to revitalise the town.
The project will focus on the reconfiguration of the outdoor market, “to make it a more attractive proposition for both traders and shoppers”.
A spokesperson for Chesterfield Borough Council said: “We will be working with traders and local businesses to make sure that the town centre is more appealing in order to encourage more visitors and shoppers.”
The £1.4m secured to undertake the project has come from a “mix of funding”. The council has used some of its own funds and has secured funding from D2N2 Local Economic Partnership.
Speaking of the necessary improvements and current issues with Chesterfield’s market, a spokesperson for Chesterfield Borough Council said: “Research we have conducted, into the market, found that people did not like the number of empty stalls we have, the spread from the market place, the layout, the lack of all-weather protection and lack of accessibility for wheelchairs and pushchairs.”
Councillor Kate Sarvent, Chesterfield Borough Council ’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “Revitalising the Heart of Chesterfield is an ambitious project which aims to improve the quality of Chesterfield town centre as a location to visit, live and invest in.
“This will be undertaken by delivering a range of improvements to the public realm to better connect the Northern Gateway scheme with the heart of the town centre; and through investing in improving the layout and experience of the outdoor market.
“It will initially focus on the Elder Way and Packers Row areas, making sure that these pedestrian routes are more inviting.
“We will also be examining ways in which the long-term viability of the outdoor market can be secured.
“Markets throughout the country are in decline, but the council has ambitious plans for the outdoor market in Chesterfield to re-establish it as a key attraction in the town centre, improving the experience for both traders, shoppers and visitors to our town centre.”
Chesterfield Market is one of the largest open air markets in England and has a rich history dating back to at least 1165. It hosts a variety of different markets and events all year round.
Chesterfield’s Victorian Market Hall was originally built in 1857 and was fully refurbished in 2013.
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