December 30, 2011 Sheffield Telegraph
Construction of a new market hall and renovation of the upper section of the precinct is due to being around the middle of 2012 – after many years of delays and, in recent times, the closure of a number of shops.
A programme has been announced by the council, against a background of doubts by some market traders, who believe the longer the saga goes on, the less likely it is to reach fruition.
“I think we are all a bit weary,” said Paul Tissington, who has worked in Castle Market for 40 years and says he has seen 12 relocation projects come and go.
But the council believes next year will see the breakthrough.
It is pinning its hopes on a partnership with Scottish Widows Investment Partnership Property Trust, which has a long lease on much of The Moor.
Already land opposite Atkinson’s department store has been cleared ready for construction of 200 stalls and six shops to face the precinct as part of a £16.7m project that is due to begin in June.
Construction is being tied to a year-long project to upgrade the top of The Moor in line with the improvements that have been completed on the lower section – and financed by the Government on condition the markets are built.
Other changes are planned next year.
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