Future of market could be secured

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A TOWN council could step in to secure the future of South Elmsall Market.

Earlier this year Wakefield Council, faced with having to make budget cuts, said it was reviewing four of its eight markets at Hemsworth, Featherstone, Normanton and South Elmsall.

But now a report will go to its cabinet committee on Tuesday proposing the transfer of the market to the town council.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member with responsibility for markets, said: “We have come to the conclusion that South Elmsall Market is too valuable an asset to the town to allow it to close or to move it to another site.

“Early negotiations with South Elmsall Town Council have been very positive and they have submitted an expression of interest in taking on the running of the market.

“We are now proposing further discussions with members with a view to them leasing the market in its current location,” he added.

The report to members of the cabinet, which meets on Tuesday, states the town council may be better placed to improve occupancy rates at the market, which currently run at around 57 per cent.