Challenges overcome as Coalville’s Newmarket nears completion

Published: Thu 11 March, 2021

Building work on a new, vibrant, modern indoor market in Coalville is complete with the final touches now being added ahead of a planned opening when Covid-19 restrictions allow.

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) has received the keys to Newmarket this week after construction work finished. Interior design work, the painting of the frontage and the installation of fixtures and fittings are among the final tasks due to be completed.

The project hasn’t been without its ups and downs with Covid-19 significantly delaying progress last year before the original contractor then pulled out due to financial problems. These challenges though have been overcome and the council is now looking forward to opening Newmarket when the Government’s roadmap allows.

The opening of Newmarket will mark an important step in Coalville’s regeneration journey, which is a firm district council priority. The council’s recent 2021/22 budget outlined that a further £3 million will be invested into Coalville over the next three years.

Until Newmarket opens, Coalville’s current indoor market will remain open to the small numbers of traders that sell essentials, as has been the case throughout the latest lockdown.

Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of NWLDC, said: “After all the challenges we’ve faced in the past year, it’s a really positive step to finally have the keys to Newmarket.

“We’ve had to do it the hard way but our determination to complete the project has been resolute and we now wait for Covid-19 restrictions to relax so Newmarket can open.

“We’re looking forward to seeing a thriving market emerge here, meeting the wants and needs of the modern-day shopper, becoming the place in Coalville to grab lunch, buy a coffee or purchase quality items and essentials.

“In the meantime, we encourage everyone to stay safe and shop for their essentials locally, supporting local businesses and the traders still operating at the old market hall.”

While many of the stalls are now reserved there are still spaces for new traders in Newmarket, especially caterers looking to provide exciting international cuisine.

Anyone who would like to apply for a stall at Newmarket can contact markets@nwleicestershire.gov.uk or call 01530 454598 for more information.

The current indoor market will stay open until the new one is ready to receive customers. Its trading days are Tuesday 8am to 2pm, Thursday and Friday 6.30am to 2.30pm.

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