York market moves to Parliament Street ahead of refurbishment

York market moves to Parliament Street ahead of refurbishment

Work taking place at the site in Newgate, where there has been a market for more than 50 years

Market stalls in Parliament Street while goes on in the market area of Newgate

First published in News

YORK’S market has taken up temporary residence in its historical city-centre location as £1.5 million refurbishment work gets under way in Newgate.

Stallholders are now trading from Parliament Street, marking a return to the street where the market regularly operated 50 years ago.

The move back to Parliament Street is to make way for City of York Council’s refurbishment of Newgate Market, which aims to improve infrastructure such as drainage and storage, with a better roof covering and lighting as well as improved signage, promotion and information about the market.

Andrew Kenny, of Fishmonger Cross of York, which has been trading in Newgate Market since 1956, said: “The council has been very supportive in the move. I think they have had a very hard job and they have tried hard to meet everyone’s needs.

“It’s a whole new retail experience for us out here, especially for people who have been established in a certain position in Newgate for a lot of years.”

Work is expected to take 16 weeks to complete, in time for the St Nicholas Fayre in late November.

Access through the market will be from the King’s Square end of Shambles and Newgate, while the snickelways from Shambles will be closed for the 16-week period.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “The move has been pretty smooth with only a couple of hiccoughs that are usual for this scale of project. The traders have been very co-operative. The market is now trading from a mix of stalls including gazebos and refrigerated kiosks, still offering the best spot in York to buy locally-sourced produce and everyday goods daily from 9am to 5pm on Parliament Street.

"All businesses around Newgate are open and trading.”

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9:58am Fri 18 Jul 14

sheps lad says...

The number of people around the stalls seem to indicate that Parliament St is the obvious site for the market!
The number of people around the stalls seem to indicate that Parliament St is the obvious site for the market! sheps lad
  • Score: 20

10:16am Fri 18 Jul 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Nice to have our proper market in full view. The provenance of some of the visiting market stalls can be rather dubious - and their prices occasionally scandalous. It'll be interesting to hear how York's 'established' market traders make out on Parliament Street.
Nice to have our proper market in full view. The provenance of some of the visiting market stalls can be rather dubious - and their prices occasionally scandalous. It'll be interesting to hear how York's 'established' market traders make out on Parliament Street. Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 10

11:09am Fri 18 Jul 14

again says...

It does seem the obvious place!

You can get some good stuff on York Market!!
It does seem the obvious place! You can get some good stuff on York Market!! again
  • Score: 8

11:15am Fri 18 Jul 14

beretta says...

The market should stay in Parliament Street where it belongs, it should never have moved in the first place
The market should stay in Parliament Street where it belongs, it should never have moved in the first place beretta
  • Score: 8

11:20am Fri 18 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Well done "The Press" its been on parliament street a week. As for the old stalls, best the council Health and Safety or the police , check out that white Van, Over loaded with tires about to burst, Not a single Council vehicle, so i assume this clearance is by contractor.
How long before Overrun and over spend creeps in .. Cant wait .
Well done "The Press" its been on parliament street a week. As for the old stalls, best the council Health and Safety or the police , check out that white Van, Over loaded with tires about to burst, Not a single Council vehicle, so i assume this clearance is by contractor. How long before Overrun and over spend creeps in .. Cant wait . Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 0

1:44pm Fri 18 Jul 14

bloodaxe says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
Well done "The Press" its been on parliament street a week. As for the old stalls, best the council Health and Safety or the police , check out that white Van, Over loaded with tires about to burst, Not a single Council vehicle, so i assume this clearance is by contractor.
How long before Overrun and over spend creeps in .. Cant wait .
Cant ?
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: Well done "The Press" its been on parliament street a week. As for the old stalls, best the council Health and Safety or the police , check out that white Van, Over loaded with tires about to burst, Not a single Council vehicle, so i assume this clearance is by contractor. How long before Overrun and over spend creeps in .. Cant wait .[/p][/quote]Cant ? bloodaxe
  • Score: 2

6:22pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Just_My_Twopenneth says...

It Is all well and fine placing the traders on Parliament St, whilst the refurbishment takes place, and it is Summer and there is footfall.

Let us see how the traders like it once they are shoved back into Newgate, wit the inception of winter due!

Especially as the traders who used many stalls previously, but get charged more (per pitch), and have less space.

On the whole the new Newgate will not generate more trade. Maybe in the fist week or two, once the council wish to show how great they have done, and generate a little PR, whilst they pat themselves on the back.

So there will a nice new market, lots spent on it, and no more footfall... no one visits York to specifically go to Newgate, when you have so many other attractions there. Newgate is simply used by the same locals, which is fine... but that doesn't equal increased trade/takings!
It Is all well and fine placing the traders on Parliament St, whilst the refurbishment takes place, and it is Summer and there is footfall. Let us see how the traders like it once they are shoved back into Newgate, wit the inception of winter due! Especially as the traders who used many stalls previously, but get charged more (per pitch), and have less space. On the whole the new Newgate will not generate more trade. Maybe in the fist week or two, once the council wish to show how great they have done, and generate a little PR, whilst they pat themselves on the back. So there will a nice new market, lots spent on it, and no more footfall... no one visits York to specifically go to Newgate, when you have so many other attractions there. Newgate is simply used by the same locals, which is fine... but that doesn't equal increased trade/takings! Just_My_Twopenneth
  • Score: 0

9:20pm Fri 18 Jul 14

yorkandproud says...

bloodaxe wrote:
Dave Ruddock wrote:
Well done "The Press" its been on parliament street a week. As for the old stalls, best the council Health and Safety or the police , check out that white Van, Over loaded with tires about to burst, Not a single Council vehicle, so i assume this clearance is by contractor.
How long before Overrun and over spend creeps in .. Cant wait .
Cant ?
Come on Dave, give us something we can understand.
[quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: Well done "The Press" its been on parliament street a week. As for the old stalls, best the council Health and Safety or the police , check out that white Van, Over loaded with tires about to burst, Not a single Council vehicle, so i assume this clearance is by contractor. How long before Overrun and over spend creeps in .. Cant wait .[/p][/quote]Cant ?[/p][/quote]Come on Dave, give us something we can understand. yorkandproud
  • Score: 5

11:35pm Fri 18 Jul 14

expubcrawler says...

Bod nose I'm afrood.
Bod nose I'm afrood. expubcrawler
  • Score: -2

3:45am Sat 19 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

The traders have been very co-operative

I bet they were - it's a nice little upgrade!... it'd be like me travelling on a train and the conductor saying "we'd like you to come and sit in first class for no extra cost"
[quote]The traders have been very co-operative[/quote] I bet they were - it's a nice little upgrade!... it'd be like me travelling on a train and the conductor saying "we'd like you to come and sit in first class for no extra cost" Magicman!
  • Score: 3

10:15am Sat 19 Jul 14

Just_My_Twopenneth says...

Magicman! wrote:
The traders have been very co-operative

I bet they were - it's a nice little upgrade!... it'd be like me travelling on a train and the conductor saying "we'd like you to come and sit in first class for no extra cost"
The thing is Magicman;

It won't be at no extra cost (to the traders).

This will be twofold,.

1)
Increased rents (already has been announced)

2)
No realisation that additional trade will occur, once they are back in Newgate. (approx. November), especially as St Nicholas Fayre (Event market) will be on Parliament St then, followed by an extended Christmas market (Event Market) there also; meaning that the new Newgate will play second fiddle once again.

The hardy (Newgate) traders are currently loving being on Parliament St currently (apart from the regular moaners); as that is where the footfall is... then they will have to go back into Newgate, and WILL suffer there once again, due to being a poorly run market (that is putting it mildly), i.e. run by council officials who have never traded on a market for a living. That part isn't going to change!
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: [quote]The traders have been very co-operative[/quote] I bet they were - it's a nice little upgrade!... it'd be like me travelling on a train and the conductor saying "we'd like you to come and sit in first class for no extra cost"[/p][/quote]The thing is Magicman; It won't be at no extra cost (to the traders). This will be twofold,. 1) Increased rents (already has been announced) 2) No realisation that additional trade will occur, once they are back in Newgate. (approx. November), especially as St Nicholas Fayre (Event market) will be on Parliament St then, followed by an extended Christmas market (Event Market) there also; meaning that the new Newgate will play second fiddle once again. The hardy (Newgate) traders are currently loving being on Parliament St currently (apart from the regular moaners); as that is where the footfall is... then they will have to go back into Newgate, and WILL suffer there once again, due to being a poorly run market (that is putting it mildly), i.e. run by council officials who have never traded on a market for a living. That part isn't going to change! Just_My_Twopenneth
  • Score: -1

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