Sutton town centre revamp is one step closer

Portland Square, Sutton In Ashfield
Portland Square, Sutton In Ashfield

Ambitious plans to regenerate Sutton town centre have moved a step closer with plans submitted to transform the current market and centre.

Pop up stalls on Portland Square will be up and running later this year, if permission is granted.

The council’s portfolio holder for regeneration Jim Aspinall, who is also ward member for Sutton Central, said he hoped it will bring about positive and lasting change.

“Currently there are many stalls left empty so I hope that businesses will improve for traders and we believe it will if the market is in the town centre.”

The 30 pop up stalls are not expected to cost any more for current users.

Coun Aspinall added: “This is just part of the plan to regenerate Sutton town centre. It is in need of it and we are proposing to move the market from its current location at the top end of Sutton on Low Street to Portland Sqaure.”

Plans will be made to turn that area into a car park to allow more shoppers into the town.

A cafe culture, evening entertainment area, and conservation area are also planned.

Coun Aspinall said he hoped there could be some improvements to shop fronts too to raise the look of the area to attract shoppers.

He added: “We are looking forward to the town progressing in the hopes of attracting big players into Sutton, and generally the whole town.”

The application to allow the stalls in the centre was submitted by Ashfield District council and will be decided by a planning committee.

A decision is expected by 16th February, 2015.