Caroline Flint has urged Doncaster Council to step up its efforts to seek the redevelopment of 1-2 Market Place, Thorne.
The Don Valley MP says that resolving this issue is one of the most important local problems facing Thorne.
Said Ms Flint: “Since I became the MP for Thorne in 2010, this issue has dominated the concerns of businesses and local conservation groups. The issue has dragged on for years, yet negotiations with the owner of 1-2 Market Place have gone at a snails pace, and every month that passes the frustration of residents and local businesses grows.
“It has been clear for months that this listed building cannot be redeveloped as it is; but English Heritage, the guardians of listed buildings, also rightly insist on alternative plans being signed and approved so Thorne doesn’t end up with an empty site in the heart of the town. Doncaster Council is crucial to brokering the solution, and it is vital that they step up their efforts to move plans forward in the interests of Thorne.”
Ms Flint has been involved in meetings between Doncaster Council, English Heritage and third parties since 2011, but local businesses have grown increasingly frustrated by the slow pace of negotiations, and has now written to Mayor Ros Jones to ask for efforts to be stepped up.
The Thorne Business Group, which Ms Flint helped to establish in 2013, has identified 1-2 Market Place as the number 1 issue to resolve to enable Thorne to move forward.
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Ms Flint is interested in receiving the views of local businesses and stakeholders on the future of the 1-2 Market Place site to feed into Doncaster MBC.
More information on 1-2 market Place and other buildings can be found HERE