A multi-million pound project to improve Chesterfield’s market place and give shoppers further respite from downpours is set to move a step closer.
With the changes are expected to be implemented next year in 2021.
A multi-million pound project to improve Chesterfield’s market place and give shoppers further respite from downpours is set to move a step closer. The project, aimed at “revitalising the heart of Chesterfield”, would allow rows of market stalls to sit side by side to increase cover from the rain for shoppers and traders.
New measures would also enable the stalls to be accessed from all sides. A key pedestrian route through the town centre, Packers Row, would be used to improve the area for shoppers and traders. This would include making it more viable for businesses to have outdoor seating by widening the pavements and reducing the road width and also to plant more trees.
Packers Row would join existing plans for the same improvements in Elder Way and Knifesmithgate. It aims to “reduce vehicular dominance”. Derbyshire County Council and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership say “it is not always clear which is the front and which is the back of stalls at present”.
They are two out of the four organisations pitching in money for the scheme – costing £3.25 million overall.
This is double the £1.4 million funding laid out in April, with funding then received from the county council and Chesterfield Borough Council.
Since then, Sheffield City Region has put in £1.2 million and now D2N2 is set to approve £650,000 in funding to push the project on.
The D2N2 Investment board, hosted by the county council is set to sign off on the £650,000 today (Tuesday, August 4). In its papers, the board says:
“Changing patterns of retailer and consumer behaviour are combining to create challenging market conditions for Chesterfield town centre.
“In response to these challenges, the council is seeking to strengthen the overall appeal of the town centre, to make it a place that more people want to visit and enjoy spending longer periods of time in.
“This scheme supports this aim by delivering a high quality public realm and re-establishing the outdoor market as a key footfall attractor for the town centre.”
Chesterfield Market is one of the largest open air markets in England and has a rich history dating back to at least 1165. It hosts a variety of different markets and events all year round. The market place would see its stalls repaired, pavement damage would be repaired, new guttering, improved lighting, more efficient stall layouts and easier access and the possibility for further stall layouts.
D2N2 and county council papers show that the public realm scheme (pavement changes to make way for outdoor seating) would start from October and be finished by May next year. Meanwhile, the designs for the market place upgrade would be finalised by June next year, with work starting from August 2021 and complete by November 2021.
Published: 04/08/2020 By: Radio Rewind Newsroom