April 20, 2012 Harborough Mail
SHOCK new proposals could see Harborough’s indoor Market Hall saved.
In a surprise twist in the saga, Harborough District Council has published a report showing how it can fund a £5.4m refurbishment of its headquarters without turfing traders out of the hall in favour of a big name retailer.
The authority had previously said its plans were dependent on securing a quality retailer for the hall, which would have seen the market moved to the controversial Fox Yard site at the rear of the council HQ.
But widespread opposition to the plans and uncertainty over whether a lease agreement for the Market Hall with a major retailer could be secured looks to have prompted a change of heart.
A report produced for the council’s Transformation Board set up to discuss the proposals recommends keeping the market where it is but focus on making more money out of the hall, possibly by opening it seven days a week and adapting its layout to allow specialist exhibitions and fairs to be held.
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