A DEDICATED task force has been set up to consider the future development of Wrexham’s town centre markets.

A leading officer from Wrexham Council has asked politicians to examine how to improve the Grade II listed Butchers and General Markets, along with the outdoor Monday market.

One of the suggestions which has been put forward is for the cross-party group to pay a visit to Shrewsbury Market Hall.

Last year the indoor hub, which is run jointly by Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council, was named as Britain’s favourite market.

Cllr Frank Hemmings (Lab), who is one of the members of the group, said markets were an important part of Wrexham’s heritage.

He said: “I think markets are crucial, particularly to Wrexham as a market town.

“I think it’s important to take examples from other towns to see if we can bring them to Wrexham.

“I’ve seen places like Burslem in Stoke on Trent have been working on their indoor markets, taking examples from Altrincham’s market which has been successful.

“For me, the crucial thing is we need to talk to the market stall holders and get their opinion and also the general public.

“I think it’s important that we maintain the markets as they are and find a way of making them more successful.”

One of Wrexham’s main markets has already undergone a major transformation thanks to a £4.5m cash injection.

The People’s Market, which has now rebranded as Tŷ Pawb, reopened last April following renovations to turn it into a multi-purpose market and arts hub.

The request for the other markets to be put under the microscope was put forward by Wrexham Council’s head of housing and economy.

Steve Bayley said the purpose of the report was to look at potential changes to the current market structure.

In his request form, he said: “The purpose of the report is to consider the future development opportunities for the two Grade II listed indoor markets (Butchers Market & General Market) and the outdoor Monday market.

“To consider their performance, their achievements, and their value as a regeneration tool for the town centre, their appeal as a destination for visitors, their future sustainability and potential interventions required.

“To consider if any fundamental changes are required to make the markets fit for purpose in an ever changing town centre environment.”

The group of councillors will report their findings back at a later date.