February 5, 2012 LEP Business
Street markets which would revive historic parts of Preston city centre are part of a £2m lottery dream, it can be revealed today.
The plan – today dubbed ‘Old Town Preston’ – would see key streets, such as Cannon Street, Guildhall Street and Glovers Court, revolutionised.
Fresh food would be sold on barrows around Preston’s historic Victorian covered market, with traders at stalls on side streets off Fishergate.
A bid for £2m of cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has been submitted, to go towards restoring buildings in these area to help get shoppers flocking.
The idea is the brainchild of design expert Ben Casey, one of the co-founders of the original National Football Museum.
He is working with council bosses on plans for the area including creating a European-style street market.
He said: “Preston has everything a city has just in smaller numbers, it is a micro-city, but one thing it does not have is somewhere you can have these kind of independent traders.
“I look at the roads around the existing Victorian covered market and I can see how you could create something like Borough Market on the South Bank in London where you have fresh food sold from stalls.
“Then you look down some of the side streets on Fishergate and see how a lot of independent traders are already setting up on places like Cannon Street.
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