THE FUTURE of South Elmsall market looks to be secured once and for all as proposals to transfer it to a joint partnership will be put to Wakefield Council next week.
Cabinet members will decide on Tuesday whether to agree to hand over the running of the market to the joint group made up of South Elmsall Town Council, South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council, Upton and North Elmsall Parish Council and South Elmsall Town Centre Management Committee.
Coun Laurie Harrison, chairman of the partnership and leader of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council, said: “It is imperative this market remains open to keep the social fabric of the community together. We want to not only keep it running, but to enhance it and make it even better.
“It’s an integral part of the community and hope cabinet members see this and agree to the proposal.”
Coun Peter Jordan, Mayor of South Elmsall Town Council, said: “I am concerned at the length of time it is taking to transfer the market. I hope that 2012 will see it in the hands of the local people.”
Trader Sharon Dunn, who runs the confectionery market stall said as long as the market stays open she would be happy.
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.”
He said negotiations with South Elmsall Town Council have been positive and the council is proposing further discussions about leasing the market to the town council.
He said: “I am confident that this proposal will result in a more sustainable market which will benefit the local community, which is why I will be recommending this proposal to cabinet.”
South Elmsall and Hemsworth markets were deemed ‘non-core’ by Wakefield Council earlier this year and had to be off-loaded due to budget cuts.
l See next week’s Express for the decision.