Eve of next phase of Birkenhead regeneration
Birkenhead Market is set to move into a crucial new phase of its redevelopment this week as plans to build a new market on the current site move ahead.
A new and revitalised Birkenhead Market is a key part of the wider regeneration proposals for the town centre and a temporary market will be established to enable the continuity of trade.
Now as part of this process, traders will be given Section 25 notices setting the date for the end of their current tenancy agreements. Traders will then be invited to agree new leases on their current premises in the market. The majority of traders will also be entitled to receive statutory compensation as part of agreeing new terms with the council.
It is expected they will still have around eighteen months left in the current building so nothing will change for traders right away and they will continue to welcome customers as normal.
When the Market is being rebuilt, traders will be housed temporarily on Europa Boulevard in a modern, fit for purpose development, until the new Market is ready.
Cllr Tony Jones, Wirral Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, said: “We are on the eve of a new and exciting phase for Birkenhead, with ambitious plans to revitalise the town.
“Issuing these section 25 notices is a technical step but it shows we are absolutely serious about Birkenhead’s redevelopment. And I can give my assurance that we will be supporting traders throughout the entire regeneration process. We all want the same thing – to make Birkenhead a vibrant and attractive location, drawing in shoppers to the Market and other retailers and giving the town the boost it needs.
“We have also made it clear that we will support where possible any trader who wants to stay in the area but chooses not to come with us to the temporary market to find alternative premises.”
During the pandemic lockdown the council supported Birkenhead Market traders by charging no rent for three months and then providing a 50% rent reduction for three months for all market traders who were able to reopen as lockdown started to be eased in June.
Cllr Jones added: “The Market will continue to have a huge role to play in the future of Birkenhead town centre and I hope residents won’t forget the incredible effort the traders put in to supply essential food to residents across Wirral during lockdown – especially those who needed to shield or self-isolate.”