Market re-opens as part of £6m town centre regeneration

The new, improved Elland market has re-opened today – 9 February – in its original position of the Market Square, as part of a £6m transformation of Elland town centre.

Funding from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund is transforming the centre of Elland supporting improvements to public spaces, the main shopping areas around Southgate and the refurbishment of the community Cartwheel Club.

The weekly Elland market now returns to the Market Square area of the town, following works to make the area more welcoming.

The area where the market stalls are positioned has been upgraded, with new local stone flags and anchor points to enable the stalls to be properly secured.

Further improvements include the addition of an attractive garden area, with seating for people to relax.

Trees and planting around the market will be added in spring to further enhance the site.

Changes to Elizabeth Street are also proposed to improve safety for market visitors and increase the flexibility of the market space, allowing for events such as larger, specialist markets.

Councillor Sarah Courtney, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for towns, tourism and voluntary sector, said: ”

“The transformation of the Market Square in Elland is a major milestone in the Future High Street works, with over £6m being spent on developing the town as a destination where businesses can flourish, and people choose to spend more time.

“Further works around the town will support better flow and movement of traffic, with the pedestrianisation of Southgate making it feel safer and look more attractive.

“This will also improve links with the market and subsequently encourage new and increased footfall right across the town.”

Cllr Silvia Dacre, cabinet member for resources, added: “Elland has a proud history, and the town’s market has been at the heart of the community for over 700 years.

“These significant improvements will support its bright future, with an improved layout, attractive new garden and more space for traders to transport goods.”