Hall refurb delayed for six weeks

PETITION: Elizabeth Shires, of Chesters Cafe, has gathered over 200 signatures against plans to overhaul Chesterfield's market hall.
PETITION: Elizabeth Shires, of Chesters Cafe, has gathered over 200 signatures against plans to overhaul Chesterfield's market hall.

Chesterfield’s market hall overhaul has been delayed by six weeks.

The news comes as a trader has blasted the revamp as “despicable” – and collected over 200 signatures against the plans.

Work has been held up due to a delay in tendering for the construction work – but Elizabeth Shires, of Chesters Cafe on Newbold Road, is urging council bosses to rethink their plans.

She says her customers are against the £4m refurbishment and claim it is a “waste of money” and “not needed”.

She added: “Everyone says they are ruining the history of the market and the artist impression looks like La La Land.

“The council should maybe try and do it up but to do this, it’s despicable. It looks absolutely disgraceful.”

The refurbishment, which is now set to start in late March, has received a mixed reaction from market traders.

Butcher Chris Norton, of W Hodkin, said: “I’m in favour of a refurbishment but whether or not it needed to be so thorough I don’t know.”

Lisa Prisk, of the Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe, added: “I’m supportive of the plans, as long as they support us.”

But Chesterfield Borough Council, which is leading the overhaul, said the proposed design would create a spacious, light, impressive trading environment.

Cllr Nick Stringer, executive member for leisure, culture and tourism added: “We would not have gone to the lengths that we have to secure £4.3m of funding for this project without the overwhelming support of the public and traders for our plans to refurbish the market hall.

“We have consulted extensively on this project, and received no objections to the final plans.”