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Preston Market traders still stuck waiting for long-promised repair to entrance

Posted on - 8th May, 2024 - 4:48pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston buildings & attractions, Preston Council, Preston News
A damaged entrance to Preston Market
The entrance was damaged when it was hit by a car

Traders at Preston Market must wait even longer for a damaged entrance to be repaired – months after it was hit by a car.

The entrance suffered extensive damage when it was crashed into on December 23 and traders were initially told to expect a wait of two to three months. But with almost half a year passed, the door remains boarded up and offering an unsightly and unwelcoming view to visitors.

Amid concerns from some of those based inside the market, the council’s deputy leader, Cllr Martyn Rawlinson, insisted work is ongoing to repair the damage.

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Cllr Rawlinson, who is also cabinet member for resources at Preston City Council, said: “We understand and share the frustrations felt by market traders and the local community, regarding the time taken to repair the entrance to Preston Markets. Please rest assured that we are actively working to expedite the repair process and ensure the safety and accessibility of the Market Hall.

“Market Hall traders have been notified of every development throughout the process including reasons for any delays. We appreciate the continued patience of traders and customers as we navigate the challenges that these unforeseen circumstances have created.”

According to the council, the delays surrounding the works have been contributed to by legal issues and the nature of using a custom built design.

Cllr Rawlinson was speaking in response to concerns from those based in the market who say fewer people are visiting their end of the building.

Jonathan Strand, of Arthur Strand Cooked Meats and Deli, told the BBC: “A lot of customers come through that door there because I’m adjacent to the town hall and the courts so people come in for sandwiches at lunch time,” said 

“The place looks like it’s boarded up to be fair, it doesn’t even look like it’s open.”

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