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Spring opening for revamped market
A date has been set for the opening of a market in a South Yorkshire town following an ongoing major revamp. Council chiefs in Doncaster
are confident that the refurbished Wool Market will be ready and fully operational for a soft launch on Tuesday March 26, 2019, prior to an official opening the following weekend. The overhaul of the iconic
market has been a key project in the council’s ambitious development masterplan for the town, and is expected to cost around £7.6m, with around £3 coming from Sheffield City Region funding. The opening will be
attended by Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones and South York- shire metro mayor Dan Jarvis. The aim of the work is to
transform the market area into a vibrant and bustling location all week long and into the evenings. As part of the plans, the
renovated Wool Market will become “an attractive and welcoming destination providing a new and enhanced offer to retail traders and customers”. The makeover will also
enable the market to host more events, encouraging more people to visit the area. Plans also include a complete redesign of the
ISSN 2057–6781 The Wool Market as it was
current market car park to provide additional spaces and a coach drop off facility, and it is understood there will be a new bus route direct to the market. The new designs seek to
A digital image of Doncaster’s revamped Wool Market The work in the market
place is just one of the key projects detailed in the urban centre masterplan, which was launched in November 2016. Over the next two years
retain the heritage of the Wool Market whilst bringing the facility firmly into the 21st century. Drew Oxley, head of trading services at the council, told local media: “The citizens of Doncaster will benefit from a full and modern market offer that will include a stage area to showcase demonstrations and events. “The investment in the Wool Market, market car park and Corn Exchange will future proof the buildings and estate for the enjoyment of future generations.”
the council is overseeing the delivery of a new library and museum, cinema and restaurants, street improvements to the town’s Hall Gate and Silver Street and a revamp of the railway station forecourt area. The vision of the council, as explained on the authority’s website, is: • Ensuring the centre is a focus for business and enterprise.
• Building on the success of the current markets and raising the aspirations and functions of the markets. • Recognising the city
core as the heart of the economy and the borough and the place where the image of Doncaster is most clearly reflected.
• Enhancing green spaces and waterways to create a better setting for visitors, investments and city heritage.
• Developing the cultural quarter and reinforcing the retail and leisure core through bet ter links and public space improvements.
• Developing city-scale functions and assets, to become a stronger draw for business, workers, visitors and inward investment.
• Developing and bidding for new cultural venues and assets like University
and Research and Development facilities.
• Ensuring Doncaster as a location of choice for regional businesses.
A bidding process to seek
tender of the running of the market is already underway, and council cabinet members will have the final say on the successful bidder in January 2019.
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