The 25 fixed market stalls off Long Eaton’s High Street are to be taken down and the area made secure until proposals are made for the longer term use of the site.

Members of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive have approved the removal of the stalls, which have a steel framework and corrugated plastic roofing.

A report at the Executive meeting today (18th) said the empty stalls have attracted anti-social behaviour in recent years and many have been badly damaged by vandalism.

Councillors agreed that repair costs would be too high and further ongoing costs would be likely if more damage is caused.

Once the stalls are removed the area’s paving will be repaired and bollards installed to prevent vehicles getting onto the site.

Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:

“This is a key town centre space and we will look at all the options of how the site can be used in the future. In the meantime, action needs to be taken due to serious safety concerns.”

A small number of traders have continued to use the damaged stalls, but the council will offer them a self-erect pitch alongside other traders along the High Street.