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Trendy or terrible? Views split on new Wolverhampton Market

By Andrew Turton | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

Waste of money or trendy and modern - Wolverhampton Market's new entrance has divided opinion among residents.

The new entrance to the £4.9m Wolverhampton Market

Finishing touches are being made to the £4.9 million site ahead of opening on Tuesday following its relocation.

But its new entrance, created out of shipping containers, has sparked a lively debate among Express & Star readers.

The huge blue containers were dropped into place by cranes at the site opposite the Wulfrun Centre this week.

Reader, Amo Jandu, took to the Express & Star's Facebook page to describe it as a 'horrible entrance'.

He added: "Whoever signed that off needs to find another day job. [An] opportunity to put something contemporary but in-keeping with our heritage and industrial past well and truly missed."

Mark Egan added: "If that was east London it would be considered as trendy. As it's Wolverhampton, it just fits in."

Andy Newbould said: "[It] looks like more like a scrap yard than a market."

Roy Castree said: "[It] makes it look like a scrap yard, cheap and nasty."

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Fellow reader, Andrew Caddick, said the containers looked 'terrible' adding: "This isn’t a trendy area of London for goodness sake."

Meanwhile other readers liked the design saying it was good to have something different created in the city centre.

David Bettison called the market entrance 'trendy' adding: "[It] would be better in the 'Wolves' colours."

Ann Johnson said: "I wish people would stop moaning so much. I think it is nice and the fact that it stands out makes it appealing.

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"The city should have its own distinctive landmarks that make it different to other towns.

"If it was just a normal market what would make it any different to anything else in the Black Country."

Jeffrey Francis added: "[It] looks good to me although I have a feeling plenty of Wolverhampton people won't like this sort of thing."

A Wolverhampton council spokesman said the market entrance was in keeping with the project designs.

The city council was relocating stalls from Market Square, where traders operated for the final time last month.

They will be moving to their new home at Southside, which will boast 20 cabins and 48 stalls along Cleveland Street.

The market will feature bigger cabins, event space, CCTV, free WiFi, canopy covered walkways, offices, customer toilets, and parking and storage facilities.

A special opening event will be held next Saturday (21) between 10.30am and 2.30pm featuring Michelin award-winning celebrity chef, Jean Christophe Novelli, and Wolverhampton's very-own Britain's Got Talent finalist Donchez Dacres.

Andrew Turton

By Andrew Turton
Digital Journalist

Digital journalist based at the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton. Interested in breaking news and social media. Get in touch on Twitter @aturton_star or andrew.turton@expressandstar.co.uk

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