Sheffield city centre market rearranged after last minute cancellation
A Sheffield city centre market has been rearranged after it was cancelled at the last minute because a road hadn’t been blocked off.
The Hedgerow street food market was due to take place on Division Street last month but had to be scrapped just before it was due to start because Sheffield Council contractor Amey did not block off the road to traffic.
Amey apologised “wholeheartedly” to the market traders, local businesses and customers, blaming a breakdown in communication.
It said it would cover the costs of any perishable goods intended for sale and would work with its traffic management team and the council to tighten processes to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
The Hedgerow market has been rescheduled for December 4, again on Division Street, with a range of artisan stalls to showcase Sheffield’s independent traders and makers.
An Amey spokesperson said: “We know that traders were understandably deeply disappointed the event could not go ahead as originally planned and we apologise again for this inconvenience.
“We are glad to be able to support the rescheduling of this fantastic event, as well as provide compensation to traders for produce previously lost. We will continue to work with the council to ensure that future events go ahead as smoothly as possible.”
Coun Paul Turpin, Executive member for inclusive economy, said the market would make the most of city centre spaces, highlight local businesses and boost the local economy.
“I’m pleased we’ve been able to reach an agreement with Amey for the market to be rescheduled and that support has been provided to the traders affected.
“Hedgerow Market is an exciting new project for Sheffield that has been really welcomed by local people.
“The craftsmanship, expertise and skills on show at these events has demonstrated the enormous talent on offer in our city and we hope to be able to keep this momentum going.”
The market is funded by the council’s Economic Recovery Fund, which is supporting businesses to recover from the impact of Covid. More details are available at www.hedgerowmarket.com