May 8, 2012 lep.co.uk
A £2m revamp of Preston’s historic market will kick-start the regeneration of the city centre, it can be revealed today.
The city council has unveiled plans to turn its Grade II-listed Fish Market on Birley Street into a modern food market, alongside a street market running down Market Street.
It is pumping £2m into the project to get the plans off the ground, and spending a further £250,000 on repainting the neighbouring 33-year-old covered market.
Council leader Peter Rankin said it will move traders out of the city’s Market Hall into the revamped Fish Market, which will leave a prime spot of the city centre open for a developer to transform into a leisure complex.
He said: “We want to convert the Fish Market into a food market, that is where most of the £2m will go into, and we want to use Market Street as an outdoor market.
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