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Indoor Market plan ruffles traders as Preston City Council prepare to appoint architect

Posted on - 21st August, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
Candid view of a pie counter in Preston's Indoor Market

Candid view of a pie counter in Preston’s Indoor Market

Market traders have voiced their concerns as Preston City Council pushes ahead with its proposal to demolish the Indoor Market.

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Council leader Peter Rankin has written to all stallholders outlining how stalls would move into a newly revamped covered market.

A previous plan to restore the outdoor covered market to its former glory was knocked back by the Heritage Lottery Fund in March.

The city council had applied for £5 million for the canopies and work to knock down the market hall and car park, a plan approved 18 months ago by the council.

Councillor Rankin said: “We have been exploring the options for the future of the market, since we found out that the multi-million pound bid to Heritage Lottery was unsuccessful.

“We are now looking to appoint an architect to come forward with proposals. This is the first step towards preparing a scheme for the regeneration of the market and we hope to have an architect in place in the autumn, ready to bring forward proposals during 2015.”

Some market traders have told the Lancashire Evening Post how they will be forced to close if the plans go ahead.

Butcher Michael Clarke said his meat counters, which cost £55,000, wouldn’t work in an outside stall.

Do you shop in the Indoor Market? What do you think of the proposals? Let us know in the comments below

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