Further winter-proofing work is continuing at Preston’s Market Hall.Advertisement
The new porch was put in at the start of December last year and is now getting its roof.
Traders and customers have complained of the chilly new market, which was beset by the Beast from the East as soon as it opened in February last year.
Now Preston City Council has commenced a second-stage of work to try and stop the wind whistling in from up Orchard Street.
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Cabinet member for environment councillor Brian Rollo said before Christmas: “It’s early days but initial feedback indicates the porch, which is not yet fully complete, is already doing the job it was designed for – creating a much needed windbreak and decreasing air movement through the Market Hall. It will be monitored over the coming weeks and months to determine the extent of its success.
“We’d like to thank traders and customers for their patience and understanding during the works. The porch will be completed in January, with works temporarily halted for the busy Christmas period.”
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Traders have welcomed the new work with chairman of the Traders Association Sam Livesey saying: “Early thoughts are that the porch has reduced rushing winds coming into the market hall.”
What do you think of the temperature in the market hall at the moment? Are you shopping there? Let us know your views in the comments below