Stoke-on-Trent City Council is set to spend a total of £1.5 million refurbishing Hanley Indoor Market – the biggest single investment in the facility since it opened nearly 30 years ago.
The money will be spent to make the market, which is located beneath the intu Potteries Shopping Centre, a more attractive place to visit and spend time, with an expectation that footfall and visitor numbers will increase.
The investment, which will be considered by cabinet members at a meeting on Tuesday, September 19, represents a major commitment by the city council to the future of Hanley market.
Once approved, work will start on creating options and designs for the refurbishment of the market, and traders will have the opportunity to have their say when firm plans have been drawn up. Potential improvements include the zoning of stalls to create destination areas, a striking entrance to raise the profile of the market, increased communal space inside the building and refurbishing the public toilets.
Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “This is the biggest investment the market has seen since it opened in November 1987, and is a clear signal by the council of our commitment to the future of this important facility.
“It’s no secret that footfall at the market has declined in recent years but this is about reversing that trend with much-needed investment and reinventing the market as a place where people want to visit and spend money, and where local businesses see an opportunity to grow and be successful.
“We value the variety and contribution of all our markets across the city and I’m looking forward to seeing these exciting plans for Hanley Indoor Market coming to life, and working closely with the traders to deliver the best refurbishment possible.”
Alongside the investment in the market, the city council is committed to improving the public realm in the heart of the retail area in the city centre. A public consultation on the latest proposals, which will include improvements to Market Square, will be launched later this month.