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Market Times • June 2014
Mixed fortunes for market traders in £41m Barnsley regeneration
TRADERS on Barnsley’s open market are looking forward to boom times following news that they are to be temporarily relocated to the town’s shopping precinct.
The move will allow work to begin on the £41 million regeneration of the town centre.
But traders on the semi-open and the indoor market, who are staying put, are dreading the disruption, which they fear will mean reduced footfall and poor trading.
Barnsley Council announced plans for a major £41 million regeneration scheme in January. They are currently consulting with stakeholders, whilst keeping members of the public up to date with the latest developments.
Barnsley’s outdoor market traders were delighted to learn that the council plans to move them to the precinct to allow work to start on the scheme. It will involve the demolition of Central Offices, the block that towers over the market, and the potential strengthening to the existing
market to create a proposed town centre square.
Eventually a new open market will be created, and the existing indoor market will be revamped to bring it up to modern standards.
The new temporary stalls will be built in late summer and the outdoor traders will move to the precinct in November in time for Christmas trading.
The temporary market will comprise 40 fixed stalls alongside Cheapside, May Day Green, Queen Street and Peel Street.
Keiron Knight, who sells stationery and craft items on the outdoor market, said the outdoor traders were looking forward to moving.
“All the outdoor traders are pleased because the precinct is where the footfall is,” he said. “The council is consulting with us and there is room for all the existing traders. Everyone is positive, particular those traders who have been around a long time and traded in the precinct when the council moved them there
some time ago.”
But the traders in the semi open
market and the indoor market fear that the disruption will badly affect their trade.
Geoff Blackburn, who sells carpets in the semi-open market and is President of the National Market Traders Federation Barnsley branch, said: “It may be good news for the outdoor traders, but there are a lot of very worried traders on the semi-open market
and the indoor food market.” Geoff said that the work would mean hoardings would go up and
people would avoid the area. “Footfall will be down, particularly in the semi-open market,” he said. “We welcome investment, but there are some very worried traders in this market. We feel that people will shop at the market in the precinct and forget that our market is still
here,” he added.
   Rods at the ready!
Food inspections fears allayed
 ARE YOU a keen fisherman or woman? Then why not get involved in the NMTF fishing competition?
The annual event, which is taking place on Monday 28th July, will once again be held at Barston Lakes in Solihull.
Organised by the Coventry NMTF branch, the competition aims to raise money for the Benevolent Fund, a charity set up
to help market traders who fall on hard times due to illness or some other misfortune.
The competition costs £20 to enter, which includes an evening meal. Competitors should arrive at 10.00 am with fishing due to start at 10.30 am.
For more information please contact Colin Southall on 07970 195503
CHARGES for food hygiene inspections that could have crippled food traders are not to be imposed — at least for the time being.
The EU had proposed that the entire cost of the inspections should be borne by the trader.
Private operator Sketts, based in Warwickshire, urged everyone with concerns to sign an online petition.
The company said that for any food business the plan could cost hundreds or even thousands of pounds a year, but for market traders and street vendors it could be “significantly higher” because of the frequency of the food
hygiene inspections.
Partner Paul Skett said: “Small
businesses, market traders and street food providers are vital in our town centres and communities and this single piece of legislation could be the difference between viability and no longer trading”.
But when it came to the vote at the European Parliament MEPs agreed amendments that will allow state governments to exempt small and medium-sized businesses from the charges.
Yet the Food Standards Agency has said negotiations are continuing, and the final position will not be known until later in 2015.

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