July 11, 2012 Lancashire Evening Post
Beleaguered market traders have claimed their demolition-threatened market could be saved for millions of pounds less than council bosses previously claimed.
Preston Council has announced plans to demolish the city’s Indoor Market and move the traders outside to the covered Fish Market, making way for a new cinema and retail complex.
A surveyor’s report found revamping the Indoor Market would cost £6,311,000 and council bosses said with only £2,500,000 to spend there was no alternative demolish it.
But traders have today claimed up to £3m could be slashed from the cost of the revamp without impacting on the safety of the market hall.
Among them is a total of £2m for the replacement of stalls which traders claim is their own responsibility and many of them have spent thousands of pounds overhauling their pitches.
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