BIRKENHEAD Market is set to come back under council control next year.

Wirral Council will take over management of the market from early February 2019 for the first time in 15 years in a bid to 'secure its immediate future.'

Consultation with residents and businesses on Wirral Growth Company's propose redevelopment of Birkenhead town centre - which include a new market - will begin in 2019.

The move back into council control has been welcomed by the Birkenhead Market Traders Association (BMTA), which hopes to attract more shoppers to the market over the coming weeks for Christmas.

BMTA chairman, Greg McTigue whose Wirral Mobility business is located in the Market said: “Now that the immediate future of the market is secure it’s important we let shoppers know we’re open for business.

“I think locals, especially the younger generation, feel disconnected and simply don’t know what we have to offer which is a shame.

"With the help of the council we want to rebuild the relationships with the community and leave the people of Birkenhead in no doubt that their market is alive and kicking.”

Opticians, hair and beauty, florist and mobile phone repairs are among services available at the market along with cafés and food concessions.

Cabinet member for jobs and growth, Cllr Angie Davies, said: “While the plans for regenerating Birkenhead town centre represent a vision for a bright and prosperous future, it’s important we also keep sight of the present.

“The rejuvenation of Birkenhead town centre is a top priority and a thriving and successful market is an integral part of these plans, both now and in the future.

“Birkenhead Market has a huge amount to offer and, having brought it back under council control, we look forward to working with traders to understand the challenges and identify ways to help bring the buzz and vibrancy back.”

Birkenhead Market is open from 9am until 5pm Monday to Saturday.