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MAY 25 - JUNE 7, 2018 New market nearing completion A digital image of Wolverhampton’s new market.
A West Midlands city council leader has said he is confident that their new state-of-the-art market will prove successful at its relocated site.
outdoor market is taking shape on the city’s Cleveland Street and is expected to welcome its first shoppers on July 17, with an official opening event four days later. The market move is taking
place as part of the city’s major Westside development, which will see elements of the city centre completely transformed. Metal structures which will
form canopies connecting the market stalls have been erected, with the finishing touches now needed to complete the project. The new shopping area will
be home to 20 cabins and 48 stalls, and new traders are being encouraged to join the existing stallholders there. The market was originally
due to open during the spring but the launch was delayed due to issues with ground conditions. Roger Lawrence, the leader
of Wolverhampton Council, told local media he was confident the market would be a success in its new location. “The new market is better located in many ways,” he said. “It is adjacent to the Wulfrun centre, close to a metro stop and not far from the bus station.
ISSN 2057–6781 “It is closer to the shopping
core, which is obviously a plus. A lot of existing operators are excited and new operators as well. “Over centuries the market
has moved around. There is no reason to think the market can’t function. It is going to be a stronger location.” Cllr Lawrence added that
the council was likely to be pushing some ‘introductory offers’ in a bid to encourage shoppers to visit the new market.
their shopping. I fully support the market and urge residents to use it.” The relocation of the market will be the latest in a series of major changes proposed for Wolverhampton city centre, where work is currently ongoing to connect the Midland Metro to the city’s train station, which will be knocked down and rebuilt. The huge Westside development will create an open leisure space which will eventually include a multi-
investigations are carried out. The human bones were
found at the site of a former Netto supermarket, which was demolished in 2016 to make way for the market. Since then the land had
been used as a car park, until contractors moved in last October to begin work on the much anticipated project. Police were called to the
scene of the discovery and forensic examinations were begun, but early indications suggested that the area is a historic burial site. A West Midlands Police
spokeswoman told local media that they had been called just before 8.30am on the day by a member of the public.
“They notified us that
while contractors were carrying out work in Snow Hill, Wolverhampton, they discovered some possible human remains. “Early indications suggest
the area is an historic burial site.
“The local authority has been informed. “Police are currently on
Council chiefs are hoping Wolverhampton’s new market will be as bustling as its old one was in its heyday
Cllr Milkinder Jaspal said
the arrival of the market would be a huge boost for the city, but warned that shoppers in the city would need to get behind it to ensure its success. He said: “The new market
will be part of the regeneration of the city centre. I hope people will use the market and make it a success. “It is important to have a healthy market as it gives people choice and a variety in
screen cinema, restaurants, bars, hotel, multi-storey car park and apartments.
In an unexpected development earlier this month, contractors working on the new market unearthed human remains at the site. The grim discovery was
made early on Thursday May 10, and the scene of the find has been sealed off by police while forensic
the scene where a forensic examination is taking place.” Parts of the ancient human remains have now been sent to Dundee University for further tests, and the council has also applied to the Ministry of Justice for the appropriate exhumation licence, which could take several weeks to be granted. A council spokesman told
Market Trader in a statement: “Where possible, market works will continue elsewhere on site without disturbing the ground where the remains rest.
“We know an 18th century chapel once stood where the new market is being developed and it is likely the remains are associated with it. “At this stage we are only
aware of one set of human remains and we cannot find any records of a burial site at that location. “However, we are working closely with archaeological experts to establish if this is an isolated set of remains or if they form part of a wider burial ground.”
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