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Skipton 'setts' refurbishment gets under way

Skipton 'setts' refurbishment gets under way

Published at 7:49am 20th October 2015. (Updated at 5:28pm 20th October 2015)

Work to fully refurbish the area of 'setts' outside Rackhams department store has started in Skipton.

The project, which is expected to take around a month, will allow the area to reopen for use as part of Skipton Market.

It comes as a result of an agreement reached between Skipton Town Council and Royal London Insurance, the owner of the Rackhams building.

Dave Parker, Chief Officer of Skipton Town Council, said: "The work will involve the lifting, levelling and repointing of the setts, together with the installation of fixing points for the new style of market stall being introduced to this part of the market."

This area of the High Street has been out of use on market days for around a year, but following the new agreement, direct control of the space has been passed to the Council, which plans to use it to introduce new traders, new products and initiatives aimed at improving the look of the market and addressing some of the long-standing issues such as the parking of trader vehicles.

There are also plans for a number of themed market days and to provide the opportunity for prospective traders to try running a stall - perhaps for the first time.

Mr Parker added: "We're pleased that work is finally getting under way and the Council is really excited about the new opportunities this will bring for Skipton Market.

"We've had a lot of interest already in the new-style stalls we will be introducing, but we'd be very interested to hear from anyone who might be interested in joining the market as a trader, particularly if they sell products not currently represented."

The new stalls will be erected each day by the Council, so traders will not need to build their own stall, as happens on the rest of the market.

The Council is planning to incorporate new Skipton Market branding across the area, including the stalls themselves which are being custom-built.

The 'setts' have been cordoned off with security fencing to protect the area during refurbishment work.

This new part of Skipton Market is scheduled to open on 30 November ahead of the pre-Christmas period and the Christmas Market days.