Kirkby market has seen as 50 per cent increase in traders since the start of the town’s £1m improvement scheme.
Work is nearing completion on a new plaza and comprehensive improvement scheme for the town centre, organised by Ashfield District Council.
The new public space off Ellis Street and improvements to the adjacent pedestrianised shopping area have seen new walls built and areas of paving laid and will soon incorporate a series of artworks including bronze statues of local famous cricketers to complement the existing statue of Harold Larwood and an ‘art wall’ which will lead from the main shopping area down into the plaza.
The council’s service director for economy Travor Watson said progress is already being made.
He states the Friday market has seen a 50 per cent increase in traders since the start of the year.
Mr Watson said: “I am delighted that so much progress has been made already in Kirkby Town Centre. The Council is actively seeking new traders with several recommending the market to other traders as an development opportunity. With the launch of the new markets grants there has never been a better time for small and start-up businesses to use markets to develop their ideas.
“The Authority is also continuing to work in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council to improve the flow of traffic in the town centre.”
The aim of the project is to provide an attractive environment for the town’s market, public events and community activities, and it is hoped that it will attract more people to use local facilities as well as further business and residential development around the new plaza.
The Kirkby Town Centre improvement project is part financed by the East Midlands Operational Programme, European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013.
The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.
Visit www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding for more information.