Work to keep Preston Market warmer during the winter is beginning from Monday.Advertisement
A new porch is being installed by the Starch House Square entrance.
Traders and customers were left chilled when the new market opened in February with sub-zero temperatures being recorded during the Beast from the East.
Preston City Council has vowed not to see a repeat this winter and wants to use the porch to battle the winds which can rip through the market.
Cabinet member for environment councillor Brian Rollo said: “As the new market has experienced extremely busy footfall with shoppers visiting throughout the day, the automatic doors at the Starch House Square entrance are almost continuously open, creating air flow in the Market Hall when the wind blows from that direction.
“This porch will create a much needed windbreak and improve the experience for customers and traders alike.
“The market is continually growing in popularity and, as Christmas approaches, will naturally become even busier. We ask customers to continue to support our traders and choose to buy local whenever possible.
“We are proud that the Market Hall has already received awards and commendations for its design, and these additional works shows the council’s commitment to have the best market in the region.”
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Work is due to begin from Monday (19 November) and take until Monday 10 December to complete.
Shoppers will still be able to use the entrance towards Orchard Street and the Lancaster Road and Earl Street entrances are unaffected.
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