July 11. 2012 North Lincolnshire Council
North Lincolnshire Council is investing £150,000 to improve Scunthorpe Market and create 90 new car parking spaces in the town centre.
Redundant outdoor stalls have now been demolished and work has started to improve the rear of the Old Market Hall building and install new fencing, lighting, drainage and footpaths.
The new car park will be free for one hour to give people an incentive to do more of their shopping at their local market.
The news came during Love Your Local Market fortnight, a campaign started by town centre champion Mary Portas.
Mary recognised the value of markets and their contribution to the local community.
North Lincolnshire Council is working with the National Association of British Market Authorities (NAMBA) and almost 300 other markets across the country to encourage more people to rediscover their local markets.
Through ‘Love Your Local Market’ fortnight we wanted people to appreciate the value of their local markets, and we hope that it will create greater affection for the local market as a community asset.
Budding entrepreneurs were invited to book a ‘stall for a tenner’ to give them a place to test new ideas, meet new customers and hone their sales technique.
Don’t forget that when you visit the markets you can enjoy an hour’s free parking in Scunthorpe (Home Street, Mary Street Coop and Market car parks) and Ashby (all car parks), plus two hours in Brigg (Old Courts Road and The Angel).
To find out how you could become a market trader contact the Markets team on 01724 297816 or email email@example.com.
Cllr John Briggs, cabinet member for Asset Management, Culture and Housing, at North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“We love our local markets in North Lincolnshire and that’s why we’re investing £150,000 to improve Scunthorpe Market and provide a convenient car park for shoppers.
“We’ve listened to our stall holders at Scunthorpe Market and we’re delivering free parking on their doorstep.
“Renting a market stall is a great way to try out a new business idea with low start-up costs.
“You can enjoy being your own boss with rents starting from as little as £9.14 at Ashby Market.”