Trust could save town market

Councilors are fighting to save South Elmsall market.'Coun Peter Jordan, Steve Tulley (leader of South Elmsall town council)'market traders, Zafer Tuysuz, stewart Berry, Sam Ugradar
Councilors are fighting to save South Elmsall market.'Coun Peter Jordan, Steve Tulley (leader of South Elmsall town council)'market traders, Zafer Tuysuz, stewart Berry, Sam Ugradar
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SOUTH Elmsall market is set to stay open after Wakefield Council officials met with the town council to discuss its transfer on Tuesday.

Stephen Tulley, leader of South Elmsall Town Council, said they had started meaningful negotiations with the council about running the market.

He said: “There’s no doubt that we want to run the market and we met for a preliminary meeting and will be involved in several more in the weeks and months to come to ensure this happens.”

He said it could take from six to 12 months for this to happen.

Coun Tulley said the town council was hoping to join forces with South Kirkby and Moorthorpe and Upton and North Elmsall Town councils to form a trust to help run the market.

Town councillor Wilf Benson said: “My confidence is very high that the market will not close if we all work together.”

A public consultation will take place on South Elmsall market on Tuesday, July 5, where Wakefield Council will hold a stall on the market so residents can give their views and ask questions about the future of the market.

There were concerns that the market would be sold to developers if organisations or town councils did not come forward to take on their running.

This came after a meeting where cabinet members decided to off-load ‘non-core’ markets to help make savings.

The future of Hemsworth market, which is also being off-loaded by Wakefield Council, is still uncertain.

Hemsworth Town Council will meet with Wakefield Council representatives on June 28.