Market-goers in South Tyneside will be able to take cover from Monday after a section of a regeneration programme was completed.
Landscaping works to the northern part of South Shields market are now finished, and the market will move to the newly-completed section while works to the southern end get started on Monday.
Market traders and shoppers will be able to experience the new overhead canopy, which is seen as an ‘important milestone’ in South Tyneside Council’s 365 town centre regeneration programme.
The market will be held in the southern section on Friday and Saturday, but from Monday, it will be in the northern section.
Coun John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “Transferring the market from one end to the other marks another important milestone in the South Shields 365 town centre regeneration project, which is aimed at improving the economic prosperity of South Shields.
“The improvements will drive footfall into the town centre and King Street which will benefit new and existing businesses.
Transferring the market from one end to the other marks another important milestone in the South Shields 365 town centre regeneration project, which is aimed at improving the economic prosperity of South ShieldsCoun John Anglin
“South Shields has a long and proud tradition of market trading dating back more than 200 years, and the market place is central to the town’s unique offer.
“The works will also give us the opportunity to grow the market and attract additional visitors and types of market, building on the success of the craft fairs held elsewhere in the borough.”
David Wells, regional director at muse developments, added: “While there’s no doubt that construction of the Word will grab most of the headlines and people’s attention, the transformation of the market place is equally important to many, especially the traders and shoppers of South Shields, so the completion of the first half of the market place is an important step, and gives a first glimpse at how impressive the whole scheme is going to be.”
John Osborne, senior project manager at Bowmer & Kirkland, said: “Works are progressing well on all three sites, and it’s exciting to see the finished paving in both the market place and car park, which gives a good indication of the quality of the products being used on this project.”
The southern section is expected to be completed early next year, and future work will re-connect the market place with St Hilda’s Church.
For more information about project, visit www.southshields365.co.uk or www.southshields365progress.com