Yes to £4m market hall revamp


FUNDING for the £4m major refurbishment of Chesterfield’s historic market hall has been given the green light.

The package – including £2.1 million of European and Lottery grant cash – was agreed by Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet on Tuesday. The rest of the money will come from the authority.

Replacing the hall’s roof with a glazed atrium, completely refurbishing the assembly rooms, creating new entrances, toilets and modern market facilities as well as moving its café to a newly levelled ground floor, are all part of the huge project.

“The market hall is a centrepiece to our market and is vital to the economic success of the town centre,” said Cllr John Burrows, council leader.

“This major refurbishment will improve the external look and the internal facilities of the building and will be a major contribution to securing the prosperity and future of the town’s market and shopping centre.”

Planning applications for the hall will be submitted later this month with consultation to take place over the summer.

Traders are expected to vacate their current stalls next January for work to begin in February 2012.

Temporary accommodation, the main part of which will be in a temporary market hall on New Square, has been offered.

The hall is scheduled to reopen in February 2013.

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