May 21, 2012 Lancashire Evening Post
Traders vow to fight plans for outdoor market
Furious traders have vowed to fight plans to move them out of Preston’s thriving market.
A stormy meeting saw traders accuse Town Hall bosses of trying to “wipe out” the market, saying plans to move them from the city’s indoor market hall into the outdoor Fish Market was “a non-starter”.
Today, council leader Peter Rankin said he would continue to press ahead with the plans, but said he wanted to work with traders to create a future for the crumbling market hall.
He said it would cost £5.5m to get the existing building up to scratch, or £14m to build a new one, but insisted it only had £2m to do the work.
Ellen Young, 65, who runs the Matthew Wade Banana King stall in the Indoor Market, said it has been suggested her stall could move on to an outdoor pitch. She said: “We will fight against it. We are not against moving forward on to something better, but we are against moving back 40 years and going outside.”
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