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Market begins trading from The Square

Carpenter James Harrison helping Kris Moore of John Ross & Sons butchers move onto The Square in Harborough. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER/MHMP001664-1)

Carpenter James Harrison helping Kris Moore of John Ross & Sons butchers move onto The Square in Harborough. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER/MHMP001664-1)

Market stall holders are trading from the temporary wooden huts in The Square for the first time today (Friday).

The temporary units allow stallholders to trade while £480,000 refurbishments are carried out to the town’s Market Hall building in Northampton Road.

The market will be held in The Square on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8am until 4pm until April 5.

The redesign of the Harborough District Council-owned hall will result in an improved building, a better place to trade and a more pleasant place to shop, says the council.

It will include the creation of a food hall, a new layout, redeveloped toilets so they are accessible from inside the venue, improved lighting and signage and more inviting entrances. The building will also be open for seven days a week once the redevelopment work is complete.

Councillors agreed on the temporary chalets scheme at a planning committee meeting held last month.

Some people have taken to social media website Twitter to criticise the chalets.

Karen Anderson said: “Hope the wind doesn’t pick up again... what an eyesore.”

Bowden Saint said: “I will give the huts a week before the mindless cheap booze-fuelled minority show their respect for the town.”

Lee Hayward added: “A week? Will they survive New Year’s Eve?”

Cllr Paul Bremner, the district council’s portfolio holder for assets, said: “I am pleased stallholders will be able to continue to trade while the hall refurbishment work takes place.

“This is important for traders and the economy of the town. I am excited about the improvements being made to the hall which I am certain will benefit shoppers, as well as traders when they move back into the building in April.”

The antiques market, which is usually held at the hall, will be held on Sundays from January 12 between 10am and 4pm at the Assembly Rooms at Welland Park Academy in Welland Park Road, Harborough.

 

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