December 31, 2011 LEP
City leaders are considering building a new indoor market – similar to one which had been planned in the ditched Tithebarn scheme.
Preston Council has started looking at a range of options to redevelop Preston city centre, after the proposed £700m development collapsed earlier in the year.
Among them is the future of Preston’s indoor market, which is housed in a building which has deteriorated, and is not thought to be sustainable in the long-term.
Under the Tithebarn proposals, the indoor market was to be relocated to the current outdoor covered market, which was to be overhauled with glass panelling.
Preston Coun Martyn Rawlinson, who is cabinet member for resources, said a scheme, not dissimilar to the Tithebarn plan, is a possibility.
He said: “A refurbished covered market could provide a solution, but whether we could afford to glass it in, or whether there could be some other change to that structure to incorporate the food stalls, is difficult to say.
“That is an option that needs to be explored further.”
If the plan was adopted, Coun Rawlinson said the former Post Office building on Birley Street could also be adapted for use as a market, and traders could set up in Birley Street and Jackson Street.
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