Councillors have agreed to invest a further £70,000 into redeveloping the indoor Market Hall building in Harborough in a bid to create an improved venue for shoppers and traders.
This funding is additional to the £410,000 already approved by Harborough District Council last year.
Last night (Monday) the district council’s Tory-run Executive committee agreed that, after receiving tenders for the Market Hall project, a further £70,000 was required to allow the full scope of the revamp to be realised.
Cllr Paul Bremner, the council’s portfolio holder for finance and assets, said today: “The redevelopment of the Market Hall is a great thing for the district.
“That’s why the council has committed some extra money to make sure we can fulfil all that is required to make this an improved shopping venue.
“We’re also making sure we make the very best of the existing Market Hall fixtures and fittings, by improving and updating rather than throwing away and replacing where we can.
“It’s about making this important investment in a cost effective way.”
The building, in Northampton Road, is being redeveloped to create a vibrant and successful market, says the council, with an improved layout and enhanced shopping experience for customers, including a food hall, public toilets accessible from inside the venue, improved lighting, better entrances and better signage.
The executive’s recommendation will now go to the Conservative-controlled Full Council for a final decision on the funding on Monday, November 11.
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