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Scunthorpe Market what do you think?


Dear Resident

Scunthorpe Market

Thank you for taking the trouble to sign the petition in support of Scunthorpe Market.  It is an amazing indication of how valued our market is that 19,000 people signed the petition in just 4 weeks. I am hugely proud of the way in which local people have rallied round to show how important our market is.

The organisers of the petition asked me to present the petition in parliament which I did on October 31st, drawing attention to the fact that Scunthorpe Market has been part of the lifeblood of our community for generations. 

I am determined to continue to work with local people to get the North Lincolnshire Council to see sense and respond positively to people’s concerns about moving the market.   The lead petitioners, including traders and customers, submitted the petition to North Lincolnshire Council.  This led to a Special Council meeting to discuss the Market’s future which took place on the 14th December.  Since then the Council has gone rather quiet about what it intends for Scunthorpe Market’s future.

I am keen to know how you would like to see the market developed.  Would you prefer it to stay in its current location and if so how would you like to see it develop?  Or if you would prefer to see it move what sort of alternative location would allow it to prosper and continue to deliver for customers like yourself?  Do let me know your thoughts by commenting on my website or emailing me.

I will continue to do everything I can to work on your behalf with the Market Traders, North Lincolnshire Council and other stakeholders to secure the best possible future for Scunthorpe Market.

If you would like to be kept updated on my work on Scunthorpe Market and other things locally please email  Another way of following what I am doing for local people is through my Facebook site


Yours sincerely,

Nic Dakin. Labour MP for Scunthorpe County Constituency.



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commented 2018-03-08 15:25:30 +0000
Hi Nic
John’s comments very much mirror my own thoughts and previous comments. The local people like the market where it is and as such it should remain in situ. I hope the rumours going around about the area already being sold are untrue as this would fly in the face of local opinion. As I stated previously the council are there to support and work on behalf of the local people but there has been a tendency to ignore this in recent years and to follow some other agenda. This is not what the council was elected to do and the sooner they get back to doing what they are supposed to do the better it will be for local people. Please keep the pressure on as much as you can.
commented 2018-03-08 13:14:21 +0000
I agree with what Paul has said. The market is in the best position and should remain so. It does need updating and refurbishment which would be much cheaper than moving completely to a new site. Trying to mimic what they have done in Ashby is not an option. I am in my 70’s and the market has always been there regardless of the surrounding developments. I hope this is not a case of the council trying to sell off the ground to a developer!! to the detriment of the population of Scunthorpe. The market attracts a lot of the population which in turn benefits the other businesses. Cannot think of another location in the town centre which is large enough to accommodate the market anyway. Thanks for your support and efforts Nic, its appreciated.
commented 2018-02-23 15:39:57 +0000
Good afternoon Nic. Thank you for your letter regarding Scunthorpe market. My wife and I are Paul & Rita Watkins of 99 Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe. Our preferred option for the market would be for it to stay in the same place and be developed. We use the market on a weekly basis and would not like to lose this service. Additionally we would not like some of the traders to lose their livelihood. The council are there to serve the local community and on this occasion they are failing in that duty. 19,000 signatures on a petition for a town the size of Scunthorpe is immense and should be seriously noted by the council. Please continue to keep the pressure on the local councillors. If you need anything further feel free to contact me on
Paul & Rita Watkins.

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