Market meetings are ongoing

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MEETINGs to discuss the takeover of South Elmsall market are still ongoing between councils.

South Elmsall Town Council, South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council and Upton and North Elmsall Parish Council decided to form a partnership to run the market and are waiting to hear from Wakefield Council about the handover.

South Elmsall Town councillor Bryan Capstick said: “They said they hoped to have it off their hands by the end of the financial year but I can’t see that happening.”

He said as soon as they received information from the council they would pass news on to traders and shoppers.

He said the partnership held a meeting last week to try and come up with ideas to make it more successful.

Ben Cook, Wakefield Council’s service manager for markets, said: “We are in discussions with a number of town councils in the South East, who are working together with a view to jointly running South Elmsall market.

“So far these ongoing discussions have been very positive and we will continue this process over the coming months.”

The three councils decided to take on the running of the market last year after Wakefield Council branded both South Elmsall and Hemsworth markets ‘non-core’ and decided to off-load them to save cash.

If organisations or groups did not come forward to take them on, they risked closure.

Hemsworth Town Council took over the running of its town’s market.