More details emerge about revamp of Chesterfield market

Plans to revamp Chesterfield market are moving forward.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 4:48 pm

In December, Chesterfield Borough Council invited traders, residents and businesses to take part in surveys to help shape the future of the market.

The authority wanted to find out what people enjoy about Chesterfield market, what might encourage them to visit more often, and how they think it can be improved.

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Chesterfield market when it reopened following the first lockdown last year.

According to the survey results, 46 per cent of traders, 72 per cent of the public and 89 per cent of businesses supported changing the layout of the market.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “Work is now underway to develop options for the market design and these will be available for comment as part of a consultation with the public, market traders and local businesses this summer.

“Chesterfield market is the heart and soul of the town.

“It’s crucial that we work together with residents, market traders and local businesses to make sure improvements meet their needs.

“It was fantastic to receive hundreds of responses to our surveys, which shows the market means so much to everyone in Chesterfield.”

The survey results revealed strong support for events which could include food festivals, farmers’ markets or vintage markets.

They also showed strong support for market traders and a desire to support businesses in the area.

Coun Sarvent added: “It is especially encouraging to see the public support for traders and local businesses as we move towards reopening the town centre from lockdown next month.”

Details of how to take part in the next stage of the market consultation will be made available his summer.

Following this, it is expected work will be finished in spring next year.

The plans to revamp Chesterfield market are part of the £3.25million Revitalising the Heart of Chesterfield project.

The scheme will also include improvements to the public space between the town centre and the Northern Gateway site.

Councillor Tricia Gilby, council leader, said: “The Revitalising the Heart of Chesterfield project will allow us to bring new life to our town centre and famous outdoor market, enabling us to attract more footfall and visitor spend, which will help support our local businesses and allow them to thrive.”

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