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Scarborough Market Hall to Get £2.7m Makeover Including On-Line Shopping Facility

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The Coastal Communities Fund today announced that the £2.7 million bid to transform Scarborough’s Market Hall has been successful.

The application for funds was made by the Regeneration team at Scarborough Borough Council and the Business School at the Scarborough Campus of University of Hull.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning said:

"This is the beginning of a new era for the Market Hall and will inject some confidence, not only into the lovely old building, but the excellent businesses we have trading in there."

"We will be in a position to attract more traders into the area creating more jobs and better opportunities. We aim to regenerate old crafts and intend to see apprentice bakers and butchers once more working in the area."

Cllr Bill Chatt, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Housing added:

"This investment will not only make a massive difference for our residents in the historic old town, but bring new life to the area, which will attract people from all over the town. It will go even further and become a destination for visitors from others parts of the borough and beyond."

The Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull has been part of the project from the outset. It is developing an on-line shopping facility for the Market Hall, which will enable market traders to sell their produce via the internet with the customer looking at just one website and making a single payment, even if they are purchasing from several shops.

The interior of the Market Hall will look dramatically different with a new mezzanine floor running round three sides of the building, housing new food operators and business units whilst the existing stalls will be replaced with more modern units.

David Kelly, Scarborough Borough Council Economic Development Manager said:

"The Market Hall will be dramatically different from how it is now and will be a great example of a 21st Century market. We want to provide a better place for our existing businesses, an exciting place for new traders to move to or start up in and a great destination for shoppers and diners."

Mark Nockels, a butcher in the Market Hall for two generations was delighted with the announcement and said:

"This is the best news we have had for ages. We are a long standing trader in here and this sort of investment and confidence in the market will be great for us all."

Work will start this summer on the exterior of the building and inside early next year with a target completion date in the summer of 2016.

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