North Lincolnshire Council is proposing to invest £5m in Scunthorpe and Ashby Markets to provide an enhanced customer experience – the largest investment in the history of the markets. This will bring the total investment in the town centre to around £50m.
A recent inspection of the markets showed that major improvements are needed to bring them up to current day requirements. This would cost around £2m and wouldn’t include modernising the markets.
Options are being considered for Scunthorpe Market which includes relocating the market to a more prominent location in the town centre.
A newly reinvigorated street-style market is being proposed for Ashby Market that will take place across more days.
In addition to improving the existing markets the council will be hold events, fairs and festivals that will bring something different to Ashby and Scunthorpe and support current traders and attract new shoppers into the town centres.
The plans for the markets form part of the wider £45m regenerations plans for Scunthorpe town centre. This includes the new Ongo head office, road infrastructure, Humber UTC, extension to Church Square House, new-look Christmas lights switch on and market and specialist lighting for Church Square.
Free two-hour parking is available in Ashby and Scunthorpe car parks during the week and all day at weekends.
Cllr Rob Waltham, Deputy Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:
Our markets in North Lincolnshire are at the heart of our communities. We have been looking at a range of different options to modernise them and get more people buying local and supporting their local markets.
Relocating the markets will open up more opportunities and provide quality facilities not only for customers but for the hard working traders. Our focus is on bringing more trade into the centres of Ashby and Scunthorpe.
It is still early days yet but it is an exciting time for Scunthorpe and Ashby Markets. We have already been in talks with the traders from both markets about the proposed changes. Initial discussions with the traders have been positive. We will continue to consult with them to make sure they are happy with the plans.
These proposed improvements would form part of the wider £45m regenerations plans for Scunthorpe and Ashby. We are 100 per cent committed to investing in North Lincolnshire to ensure it is a place where people want to live, work, invest and play.
Angelo Monopoli owner of Angelo’s Meats started as an apprentice butcher with Clive Smith and has been on the market for 40 years. He said:
This is fantastic news and a massive vote of confidence for North Lincolnshire markets. It is the most significant investment in markets for 45 years. I look forward to working together to ensure we can continue to provide a top class service and products to our customers. I believe we will not only keep our very loyal customers but reach out to people who have not shopped at markets for a while or have never done so. The market will once again be at the very heart of the town, where it belongs.