Doncaster Council has moved swiftly and ended the agreement with Cannon’s Sea Food Bar and Delicatessen following revelations.
The council has decided that it’s in the best interests of Doncaster Market to end the arrangement with Mr Luke Cannon, the proprietor, who was convicted of three sexual offences committed against young people under 18 years of age.
The council has already received expressions of interest from people wanting to take on the fully kitted out market stall owned by the council.
Peter Dale, Director of Regeneration and Environment for Doncaster Council, said: “We were as shocked as everyone when the story broke and after looking into this in more detail we have taken quick and decisive action by terminating the arrangement with Cannon’s Sea Food Bar and Delicatessen.
“We are now formally seeking expressions of interest in this ‘ready to go’ hot food outlet.
“As we have already had lots of people looking into this excellent business opportunity, we are confident of a speedy turnaround with a new business expected to be up and running on this market stall by Easter.
“Doncaster Market is a hugely important part of town centre. As part of our Urban Centre Masterplan, works have started on the transformation of the Wool Market and the Corn Exchange is benefiting from a major refurbishment programme. We are always looking at commercial investments that boost the market and our investment in this stall will see a new business open shortly that encourages more people to visit our markets and the town centre.”