3 July 2017

It’s now easier than ever to get around Sheffield city centre, as a new mobility scheme was officially opened in the Moor Market today (Monday 3 July).

“Mobile Sheffield” is funded by Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID) and Sheffield City Council. The new scheme has moved into the Moor Market offering a hire service for equipment including mobility scooters, wheelchairs and walking frames.

To mark the occasion, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy, officially cut the ribbon on the new stall at an event this afternoon.

Diane Jarvis, manager of Sheffield BID, said: “One of the BID’s core aims is to make it easier for everyone to access and navigate the city centre. This scheme is an important step in helping to develop a disability-friendly city. It also demonstrates the city centre’s commitment to being inclusive. We want to ensure that access is not an issue for people with a disability.

“The city centre hosts an amazing selection of bars, restaurants, retailers and leisure activities. We want people with disabilities to be able to enjoy everything Sheffield City Centre has to offer. A disability shouldn’t be a barrier to experiencing the city centre. This scheme will help to ensure we meet our aim of access to all.”

Mobile Sheffield is delivered by mobility specialists Clark and Partners following a successful tender.

Prices for scooter hire starts at £4 per day. There is also a membership fee to pay for the scheme, which is £5 and includes a test drive of scooters so users can identify the ideal model. The service offers weekend and evening hire, and a chaperone service with pick-up and drop-off points is also planned.

Paul Bennett, managing director of Clark and Partners, said: “As a Sheffield company since 1959 we are proud to be working alongside Sheffield City Council on this exciting new scheme.

“Over many years we have enjoyed the privilege of helping the people of Sheffield and the surrounding area to keep mobile both indoors and out. To now be delivering the all-new Mobile Sheffield scheme is a special opportunity to bring mobility to anyone visiting Sheffield.

“The changes to The Moor and Sheffield city centre come at an ideal time for the Mobile Sheffield scheme. Accessibility has been high on the council’s agenda and so many of the old barriers are gone, with level access and pedestrianisation making life so much easier for the Mobile Sheffield scheme users.”

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, added: “With the ongoing redevelopment of the Moor, a programme of summer events and new shops opening on a regular basis – as well as the Sheffield Retail Quarter getting underway – this is an exciting time for our city centre.

“And it is great to see that, with this new mobility scheme, our retail and cultural offer is becoming even more accessible for all.

“I hope that people will drop into the market, and see what the new service has to offer.”

Meanwhile, activities including healthy eating cookery events and an Asian bazaar are taking place at the Moor Market this summer.

A Moor Market Bazaar will take place tomorrow (Tuesday 4 July), while nutritionist Hannah Bailey gives presentations on the fourth Saturday of every month, focusing on eating well, healthy living, and the preparation of nutritionally-balanced fresh meals.

Cllr Lea added: “With rising footfall and new traders, as well as the addition of the Mobile Sheffield scheme, the Moor Market is really going from strength to strength at the moment.

“I hope new and old customers alike will visit and make the most of everything the market has to offer.”

The Moor Market is open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, from 8.30am until 5.30pm.

New traders are always welcome, and can choose from various options for leasing a stall, including affordable pop-up shop opportunities. Renting stalls starts from as little as £25 per day.

For more information, visit www.sheffieldmarkets.com