Work is due to start later this month on the long anticipated relocation of Hebden Bridge market.
Hebden Bridge market currently runs twice a week on the Valley Road car park. Local residents and businesses have had a long-standing aspiration to see it move from this location. In response, Calderdale Council is now ready to create a new site at Lees Yard on the edge of St George’s Square, right in the heart of the town.
In this location the market would be more visible for visitors to Hebden Bridge. It would also offer improved facilities and allow an increase in the number and variety of business types delivered from the site. Drivers would also benefit from extra car parking, as spaces would be freed up in the market’s current location.
Calderdale Council has now appointed a contractor and work is due to begin on Monday 23 January. The new improved market should be complete in around 10 weeks, weather permitting.
The new design for the market includes alterations to the current Lees Yard car park and the adjoining pavement, a storage unit for traders and the markets service, and the construction of a new public toilet.
Hebden Bridge market will continue in its current location, with markets running on Wednesdays and Thursdays until the new site is ready to open.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Barry Collins, said:
“It’s great news that this long-awaited project will soon become a reality. The new site will allow Hebden Bridge market to open more often, providing better facilities for both traders and visitors, with a central location creating a more visible markets presence in the town.”
For more information about markets in Calderdale, visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/markets