York Market to Get £1.5Million Re-Vamp
11:42am 25th January 2014
(Updated 12:10pm 25th January 2014)
Newgate Market hasn't seen a decent lick of paint since the 1980s.
And now, plans to refurbish it for the good of its customers could stretch to £1.5million.
As part of this weekend's Residents Festival, people of York are encouraged to visit the Newgate Market stall to have their say on the redevelopment.
What does the public want to see? Would a canopy over the stalls bring some comfort from the ever-changing elements? What social impact would a seating area bring?
Sonja Crisp, the City of York Council's member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, told Minster FM: "I don't think we'll get any one particular idea; there are so many out there.
"We have to pull together the practical ones, and put a final design together out of all those ideas."
It's hoped the changes will bring about increased activity from traders, and that the market will provide a more comfortable shopping environment. Attracting local visitors is the key; and that's what this weekend's interaction is all about.
But isn't £1.5million a little steep? Has there been any objection to that? Sonja Crisp says not:
"This market is a brilliant part of our city's economy - and it would be absolute madness to do nothing with it.
"We're not forcing this on people - it's about being a responsible council and looking at what investment we can put into our infrastructure."
You can give your opinions on the market's redevelopments until 2pm today, and between 11-2 tomorrow, at the Residents Festival in York.
For more information, visit www.york.gov.uk
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