Shoppers in Hereford could soon be enjoying the surroundings of a refurbished Buttermarket in the city centre.
A meeting was held on Tuesday 21 May between the Hereford Buttermarket Traders Association and Herefordshire Council to discuss proposals for the refurbishment of Hereford’s Buttermarket and open dialogue on how to work together to see it progress smoothly.
The business case has been developed in conjunction with market and retail experts Quarterbridge, who has advised other similar markets elsewhere in the country. The business case promotes revitalisation of the market, which will create jobs and boost the High Town retail offer.
Councillor Philip Price, deputy leader and cabinet member for corporate services said: “The meeting went very well and we’re looking forward to working with the Buttermarket traders, Hereford City Council and other local retailers to ensure this refurbishment goes ahead and is a success.
“The Buttermarket is a critical gateway to attract people to the city centre and to create a flow from the new retail development on the Old Cattle Market site to the city centre. It is important that we get this refurbishment right, and that it creates a vibrant attractive marketplace with high quality traders.”
Steve Dixon, Chairman of the Hereford Independent Buttermarket Traders Association said: “It was a very constructive meeting. It was very open and good progress is being made. We are looking forward to the future and working together to make this happen.”
The group agreed to meet on a monthly basis as things progress. The next step will be the development of a detailed business plan to be put to the council’s Cabinet in July.
It is estimated that the refurbishment work will take approximately eight months, during which the Buttermarket will be shut.
Councillor Price added: “We will be working very closely with each trader in the current market to ensure that their transition to the new market if they choose this option is a smooth one and that all traders are supported during the closure.”
The final decision is to be made by Cabinet in July with an expected timescale for completion by Spring 2015.