Market makeover completed thanks to £890,000 investment

The transformation of Normanton Market into a new hub for small independent businesses is now complete.

To give the local economy a boost, Wakefield Council invested £890,000 in modernising the market.

The market has undergone extensive renovations including new windows, seating, doors, fascias and replacement shutters to the shop fronts.

Old units which had sat empty for years have been refurbished with new plastering, wiring, flooring, and redecoration throughout.

Normanton is the first of four markets to benefit from the council’s commitment to fund improvements. Cabinet recently approved an increase in the budget for the project which will take the total investment to £6.47m.

The decision to spend this money was made after an independent review found that with changes, Castleford and Pontefract markets could be regenerated and maintain a profit for the foreseeable future.

For South Elmsall and Normanton, the recommendation was to make the markets smaller and closer to their respective high street.

Work will start in April on the Castleford and Pontefract indoor markets. South Elmsall will follow in late 2023.

Councillor Denise Jeffery, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “It is fantastic to see Normanton get a much-needed makeover. I would encourage everyone to come along, take a look and enjoy.

“Our investment in these renovations has made the market a more welcoming space for visitors.

“I’m looking forward to work finishing on the other markets we are investing in, and seeing them grow and provide opportunities for small, local traders.”

Cllr Lynn Masterman, deputy cabinet member for regeneration, economic growth and property, said: “We recognise how important markets are to local communities and the role they play in nurturing new entrepreneurs.

“Markets are a terrific way to try out a new business and we are here to support those who have an idea and want a low-cost way of opening it.”