What do you think of £17m Rotherham markets project?

What do you think of £17m Rotherham markets project?

By Gareth Dennison | 13/06/2022

What do you think of £17m Rotherham markets project?

A £16.6 MILLION project to redevelop Rotherham Markets has moved to the public consultation stage.

Rotherham Council wants your thoughts on the scheme, which will see the central library moved there from Riverside House.

The outdoor market will become a more flexible space which can be used for other events and exhibitions on non-market days.

The new library at the corner of Drummond Street and Henry Street is planned to include a cafe; relaxing and sensory spaces; free wi-fi and computer access; and a “business and intellectual property centre” to support entrepreneurs and inventors.

Cllr Denise Lelliott, cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, said: “The refurbishment will provide an accessible and modern market and library, complemented by a vibrant new dining area.

“The second floor will be revamped to include contemporary office spaces for charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups.

“This scheme is another key part of the Town Centre Masterplan as we look to create multi-purpose spaces for the people of Rotherham in the heart of their town.”

Most of the funding for the project is from the Government’s Future High Street Fund.

The markets moved to the current position in 1971 as the borough marked the centenary of being granted its Charter of Incorporation.

Demolition work is well under way on the former Charter Arms pub and Rain Building at the top of the site.

Visit www.rotherhamtowncentre.co.uk until June 19 to have your say on the proposals, or attend the public consultation events in Rotherham town centre.

These will be held between 10am to 2pm on Howard Street on Tuesday and Wednesday, and in the indoor market on Thursday.