The proposed relocation of Hebden Bridge outdoor market has suffered a setback as plans for the move have been delayed.
Hebden Bridge market was allocated £160,000 in February to relocate from its current site in Valley Road car park to Lees Yard on the edge of St George’s Square.
However, the proposals have been put back due to delays in the submission and validation of the planning application for the site.
Calderdale Council’s markets manager John Walker said: “This was largely due to service demands as a result of works required post the flooding issues witnessed throughout the Calder Valley, which resulted in an unforseen delay in relation to the original submission of the planning application.
“This process was further delayed with requests for more detailed information initially not submitted with the planning application to tree surveys, heritage statememt, additional elevations of the proposed retaining wall, bat survey and detailed photographs.
“The planning application was verified on July 18 but this subsequently prolongs the duration of relocating the market.
“The new propopsed date for the relocation and opening of the market is now anticipated to be Thursday November 3.”
At the meeting of Calderdale’s full council in February, councillors voted unanimously in favour of the recomendation by the Economic and Investment panel to grant the capital funding.
There are plans to have a market on four days a week, instead of two, with the food market on Thursdays, bric-a-brac on Fridays (instead of Wednesday), other markets (perhaps Arts and Crafts, antiques, second-hand books or specialist markets) on Saturdays, and local produce every Sunday.
Hebden Bridge Market was crowned one of Britain’s best markets in a prestigious national competition earlier in the year.
The popular market was namedBest Small Outdoor Market in the Great British Market Awards run by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).
The market was praised for its excellent work at the heart of the community, especially in the face of the flood challenges of last December.