STALLS will be scrapped at an historic town market.
Kirklees Council’s cabinet yesterday agreed to shut Huddersfield Open market’s Brook Street area.
Instead, focus will be on revamping the stalls sheltered by the Victorian canopy.
On Monday, the once-bustling market saw deserted stalls both outside and under the grade II listed structure.
Stall holders are hoping refurbishments will revitalise the ‘tired’ market.
Jonny Lord, of J Lord and Son, set up a pork pie shop in the open market about a year ago.
He told the Examiner: “The premise in which we came in was that the bottom of the market would have food outlets and all the stalls would have new canopies.
“Our view is that this market has performed for us flat-line.
“It may be the recession, but you never get the sense that it’s growing.
“This market is tired and needs something about it to attract new people. If you go to Leeds market on any given day there will be 20 fruit and veg stalls and 10 pie stalls.
“If Tesco does close then people aren’t going to have a reason to come to this side of town.
“If we found somewhere else to move the business we would leave tomorrow.”
Dorothy Turner was yesterday browsing the market for books for her grandson.
The Dalton pensioner told the Examiner: “We used to come to the market every week but only very occasionally now – I fell out with it a bit.
“I think it’s mainly because I’ve stopped collecting – I used to collect ceramics.
“The refurbishment isn’t before time, it has wanted a revamp for a while. This place used to be heaving.
“It’s probably got less people coming along because of shops like the pound shop and Ebay.
“The car parking has never been sufficient. On a Monday one of the problems is that you can’t get a parking space and if you park in town you’re always clock-watching.”
Huddersfield’s Queensgate market is to see a new cafe area and performance space while Holmfirth market will see seating areas installed alongside children’s facilities.
Heckmondwike’s indoor market will be closed while the Blanket Hall Street venue will be consolidated.
Cabinet member for regeneration, environment and transport, Clr Christine Stanfield, said: “I’m happy to support this which promotes the strategy from 2009 to 2014, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of markets.
“The objective is to build the strengths of key markets and consider the strengths of smaller markets and to deliver a vibrant programme of theme-markets.
“There are a vast number of people who really enjoy markets – particularly during the economic down-turn.”