'Look again at Farnworth Market plans', warns MP
BOLTON South-East MP Yasmin Qureshi has called on Bolton Council to review its plans for traders at the soon-to-be demolished Farn-worth Market.
Ms Qureshi visited the market to meet concerned market stallholders.
Demolition work is due to start by the end of the month.
Bolton Council has given notice that it intends to demolish the canopy next to King Street between Monday, October 28, and Friday, November 22.
Trading will continue during the work and businesses will be moved to the other two canopies.
The demolition is part of plans to develop new retail units on the site of the market.
But Ms Qureshi, in a submission to Bolton Council, said the local authority’s masterplan for the market “does not provide a viable alternative” for the traders to continue trading.
She added: “I believe it would have a strongly negative impact on Farnworth if the current traders were not accommodated and supported by being provided fixed units or appropriate stalls in a suitable location.”
The council has told market traders of the plans to knock down the canopy in favour of “demountable stalls” in Brackley Street or Asda’s car park.
Eventually the entire market site will be redeveloped by St Modwen into a new retail space and the MP said that while she “fully supports” the regeneration of Farnworth Market, she feels that the council’s masterplan needs to change “in order to accommodate the market traders”.
Another key issue included concern at the potential closure of the market on Monday’s — which traders say could cut their takings.
Trader Tom Nuttall, of Nuttall’s Jewellery said: “We had a very constructive meeting with Yasmin and it is great to have someone in her standing agreeing with us.
“The crux of the matter is we are traders who have been here through thick and thin — and we want Bolton Council to commit to keeping us together in a fit for purpose market, not just for the good of the traders but for the good of Farnworth.”
Bolton Council has said they are working “one-to-one with traders on the market plans”.
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