£200k earmarked by Ribble Valley council for works in 2016

This Is Lancashire: A new look for Clitheroe market moves a step closer with funding set aside by the council A new look for Clitheroe market moves a step closer with funding set aside by the council

ALMOST £200,000 has been earmarked to improve Clitheroe’s market.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has approved plans to put £175,000 aside for the scheme from 2016.

The plans, which feature in a new capital bid, include the replacement of the existing stalls with ‘Tudor style’ timber cabins and reduce the number from 31 to between 20 and 25.

The proposal, aimed at ‘refreshing the market’ and addressing ‘long-standing’ design and maintenance issues, also includes plans for a new car park.

The funding pledge comes weeks before Nelson-based Barnfield Construction Ltd is due to publish plans to develop the site.

The firm was handed an exclusive six-month option to bring forward viable proposals for a vibrant hub to Clitheroe’s retail district in October.

Council leader Stuart Hirst said that if the firm didn’t come up with an option, then the council’s money would be used to redevelop the market.

The market dates from the 12th Century Norman Conquest and was previously redeveloped in 1995.

Nick Gell, manager at Cowman’s Famous Sausage Shop, said: “Anything that brings more people into the town can only be a good thing.”

Latitude Studios’ co-owner Andy Schofield said: “It’s vital that the borough council invest in the town centre and this looks to be an example of them doing just that.

“I hope this benefits existing businesses by attracting more trade to the area.”

The council’s deputy leader, coun Simon Hore said: “Details of how the council would redevelop the site if the private sector involvement declines have not been worked out yet.

“It’s all about trying to increase footfall in Clitheroe and trying to make it more than just a market town.

“We have listened to retailers concerns and we hope to be able to publish more plans in a few weeks.

“We will also talk to the chamber of trade and the town council to seek their views.”

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5:18pm Mon 10 Mar 14

brossen99 says...

Yet another white elephant money wasting scheme people will be paying for in higher council tax and reduced useful core services just like the transport interchange. I suppose the ten bob fat cats will have put the Limp-Dumps back in control by then but the Tories need get rid of Horkin ASAP to stand any chance of retaining power at the next election !
Yet another white elephant money wasting scheme people will be paying for in higher council tax and reduced useful core services just like the transport interchange. I suppose the ten bob fat cats will have put the Limp-Dumps back in control by then but the Tories need get rid of Horkin ASAP to stand any chance of retaining power at the next election ! brossen99
  • Score: 4

5:42pm Mon 10 Mar 14

shytalk says...

How about the council just re employs those workers it sacked who knew how to repair the roads?
How about the council just re employs those workers it sacked who knew how to repair the roads? shytalk
  • Score: 5

5:55pm Mon 10 Mar 14

charmed-one says...

They should have just revamped the previous market, not knocked it down for this mess.
They should have just revamped the previous market, not knocked it down for this mess. charmed-one
  • Score: 8

7:17pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ghost of sceptic says...

This was a bustling vibrant market before it was redeveloped last time.
This was a bustling vibrant market before it was redeveloped last time. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 5

7:12am Tue 11 Mar 14

Frontal Lobotomy says...

200k! That will soon get swallowed up! Why not just knock the money off the existing rates for the main shops in Clitheroe that are struggling with the extortionate amount they have to pay! I bet the rates for a market stall will increase after the works been done! Big mistake letting all the big supermarkets into Clitheroe! Tesco and Sainsbury's, which are both crap! Lidle and Booths are enough and offer a degree of difference. No doubt there was a big cash incentive offered by the big two to sweeten the deal!
200k! That will soon get swallowed up! Why not just knock the money off the existing rates for the main shops in Clitheroe that are struggling with the extortionate amount they have to pay! I bet the rates for a market stall will increase after the works been done! Big mistake letting all the big supermarkets into Clitheroe! Tesco and Sainsbury's, which are both crap! Lidle and Booths are enough and offer a degree of difference. No doubt there was a big cash incentive offered by the big two to sweeten the deal! Frontal Lobotomy
  • Score: 2

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