1. ITV Report

Former BHS store is new 'preferred option' to host Scunthorpe Market

Scunthorpe Market traders opposed plans for their stalls to be moved outside. Credit: ITV

Council bosses in North Lincolnshire have revealed that the former BHS store in Scunthorpe is the "preferred option" to become the new home for the town's market.

The building in the Parishes has been vacant since the collapse of the BHS chain two years ago.

Traders have been lobbying for a new indoor home after they gathered 20,000 signatures on a petition opposing initial plans to move the market outside.

North Lincolnshire Council claims the existing market hall is in need of a multi-million pound revamp.

If stall holders agree to the move, the council says they can continue trading until the former BHS building is refurbished and ready to move into.

We have listened to our residents and traders and the result is this exciting announcement for Scunthorpe town centre.

The former BHS store is a terrific location, close to the bus station where footfall is high and in the heart of the town’s retail offer.

Also we hope that the new market will help support other retailers to take up units in the area.

We have been through an extensive business planning process and relocating the market to BHS provides best value for local taxpayers, whilst also keeping the current market trading...

There is a lot of work to do but now we have a location, we can work with traders on the detail.

– Coun Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council