March 15, 2012 Leicester Mercury *UPDATE BELOW*
Market traders are gearing up for a protest march in the centre of Market Harborough on Saturday.
They are opposing council plans to close the indoor market in Northampton Road and rent it to a major chain store.
Spokesman John Cleaver said talks with the council over a new home had failed to reach agreement.
Mr Cleaver said: “We shall be marching to the town square just before midday and we are hoping people will spend time to hear our argument.”
More than 14,000 people have registered their opposition to the council plans to move the traders to Fox Yard behind the council offices in Adam and Eve Street.
The council said the move was essential to save money and make the best use of the 20-year-old market building and the council offices.
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**UPDATE 16th March**
The great Market Hall debate: Council opens door to new options
FRESH options for contentious proposals to move Harborough’s market are to include plans for some indoor trading and the possibility of moving stall-holders to The Square.
New town centre design proposals set to be unveiled by Harborough District Council next Thursday will aim to address concerns raised by the community over the controversial issue, the authority says.
The surprise announcement comes on the eve of a protest march by traders, who insist they will not leave the indoor Market Hall.
The council revealed in January proposals to regenerate its Adam and Eve Street headquarters in a project which would be funded by the lease of the Market Hall to a big-name retailer.
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