PLANS for a £1.5 million revamp of York’s Newgate Market are to go on show.

Architects enlisted by City of York Council are looking at how the market can be improved following claims it is looking tired and needs a higher profile. Possible schemes include specialist shopping “zones”, canopies over stalls and a meeting area with seats, as well as improving the Jubbergate entrance to attract more customers from Parliament Street.

Bauman Lyons will set up a stall at the market between 11am and 2pm tomorrow and on Saturday and Sunday during York Residents’ Festival, and will also soon have a base in Silver Street where open consultation sessions will be held every Monday between early Feburary and March 3, from 5pm to 6pm. An online consultation will be available at shortly.

“The £1.5 million we’ve awarded the refurbishment project affirms the market’s importance to the city centre economy - the jobs it supports, the income it generates and the shopping experience,” said Coun Sonja Crisp, the council's cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism.