February 28, 2012 Larne Times
A SUGGESTION that Larne’s Wednesday market should be temporarily transferred to the town centre for the duration of restoration work at the Market Yard has been broadly welcomed by stall-holders.
Larne Borough Council intends to forge ahead with a £1.4 million regeneration of the Circular Road premises. The scheme, which is currently out for tender, will see the upgrade of the main shed, the refurbishment of the market house and restoration of the auction house.
While this work is being carried out, the local authority has proposed moving the market to an alternative venue. And while no location has yet been agreed, Larne alderman Winston Fulton has suggested that Broadway could be an ideal site to house the market on a temporary basis.
“I have been approached by residents who feel that the Wednesday market is not attracting enough stall-holders, hence less people are coming to the market,” he said.
“A lot of elderly people find it difficult to get to the market, as it is quite far for them to walk to from the town centre. But if it was located at Broadway, more people may be attracted to it. Other towns such as Cookstown have a thriving market in the town centre, so why can’t the same thing be done in Larne?”
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