Public to have say on £2.7m market changes

Market Vaults Scarborough.
Market Vaults Scarborough.

Scarborough people who want to help shape the transformation of the town’s market can now have their say at the click of a button.

Partners behind exciting £2.7 million plans to overhaul the market have launched an online survey to get views on its future.

They want to hear what local residents and businesses want from the new market and a new online market that is also part of the proposals.

The feedback they get will feed into the process of creating a “fresh and vibrant new market” for the town.

Everyone who completes the survey has the chance to win a £25 voucher to spend at the market.

Cllr Bill Chatt, Scarborough Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Public Health and Housing, said: “This is a rare opportunity for us to transform Scarborough market and create something new and attractive for our residents, businesses and visitors.

“It is really important that we hear everyone’s views on what they want from a local market and what they want to see us create.

“We hope as many people as possible will take the time to go on to the online survey and give us their opinions.”

Scarborough Council and the University of Hull are partners in the transformation project, made possible thanks to a £2.7 million grant from the Coastal Communities Fund, administered by the Big Lottery Fund.

The historic market building is to get a complete makeover, during which a new mezzanine floor will be added, to create space for new shops, offices and a café.

The physical alterations will be joined by two online projects, designed to bring the market into the 21st Century.

A spokesman for Scarborough Council added: “The University of Hull is creating an online market, a virtual Scarborough market on a single website, with lots of different traders, but one pay point.

“It is also creating an online market intelligence system.

“This will be an invaluable source of data and analysis of key trends and influences on the local business environment.

“It will help those running businesses or considering setting up a business in and around Scarborough.

“For example, it will enable a greater understanding of how changes in the local market and wider business environment (political, economic, social and technological) might impact upon their costs and revenues and thus upon their business performance.”

Work is due to begin on the market in March, with mid-summer the target completion date.

People can make their views known via the online survey at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ScarMarketAndVaults