Sherwood Saturday food market going ahead on Woodthorpe Park

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The market will be held on Woodthorpe Park. (Photo: Alan Murray-Rust)

A food market which was stopped from opening on a Sherwood road island because of safety concerns is going ahead after organisers found a new location.

Sheena Holland, who also organisers Nottingham Night Market, wanted to hold the weekly market on ‘Sausage Island’ between Edwards Lane and Magnus Road, launching it on tomorrow, (Saturday, July 15).

But after a visit to the island on Monday (July 10) made by councillors and Highways England, the land was deemed “unsafe”, with the number of manholes on site included among concerns.

The authority told Ms Holland to look for alternative locations. It is now going ahead at Woodthorpe Grange Park, Mapperley, tomorrow.

Nottingham City Council said the market held at the park will “go ahead temporarily” while the authority works to find “alternative locations for future events” with Ms Holland.

A spokesman for Nottingham City Council said: “The market will go ahead temporarily at Woodthorpe Grange Park – close to the Mansfield Road end.

“We will then continue to work with the market operator to look at possible alternative locations for future events.”

The market is planned to be held on Saturdays, featuring 20 food stalls and local farmers’ produce and craft products.

Tricia Legge, a member of the Sherwood United Reformed Church, off Edwards Lane, wrote a letter to residents about the plans for Sausage Island last week.

Mrs Legge previously said she was concerned about parking near the island, traffic either side of it and that “glass and sometimes even needles” are found on the greenery.

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