Controversial Farnworth Market plan could be approved next Monday

The Bolton News: Stall holders hard at work at Farnworth Market Stall holders hard at work at Farnworth Market

PLANS to regenerate the site of Farnworth Market have moved a step closer — but some traders fear it could spell the end for their business.

The masterplan for Farnworth Market, which includes joint ideas put forward by Bolton Council and regeneration specialists St Modwen, is expected to be given the go-ahead by the council at the executive cabinet meeting next Monday.

The plans have seen the canopy next to King Street demolished and traders will be moved to a new site with “demountable stalls” — temporary stalls which can be put up and taken down, rather than the current fixed stalls.

Designs have been drawn up for a two-storey development containing retail units on the ground floor and a new health centre on the second floor, which is to be created on the market site.

A planning application is due to be submitted in the spring and, if successful, Bolton Council and St Modwen will start building in December.

John Hill, aged 48, who has been a jeweller at the market for five years, said: “I’m worried this will be the end of the market as we know it.

“This new market seems like it will be a showpiece with no soul to it. Come back to me in 12 months and we’ll be talking about trade being down.”

Steve Rawcliffe, aged 45, from Leyland, has owned a fruit and veg stall for 30 years. He said: “We as traders don’t feel like we’ve been kept informed about what’s going on. People ask us if we’re shutting down and all we can do is shrug our shoulders and say ‘we don’t know’.”

Farnworth councillor Asif Ibrahim said he understood traders’ frustrations, but he was optimistic about what the development represented for the townspeople.

He said: “We are talking about a multi-million-pound investment which will greatly help the town centre. It’s definitely a step in the right direction. Change of any kind is difficult, but there are options for people who want to be part of this new development.”

Cllr Noel Spencer added: “St Modwen has a proven track record of regeneration and we are confident it can successfully regenerate the Brackley Street area.”

A council spokesman said: “The report going to the meeting is a formal acknowledgement of the masterplan as the council’s preferred development framework for Farnworth town centre.”

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11:12am Mon 17 Feb 14

lily says...

Hope this new project is not as disappointing as the indoor market on King Street.. Only been twice and noted no atmosphere and a lot of tat!!
Hope this new project is not as disappointing as the indoor market on King Street.. Only been twice and noted no atmosphere and a lot of tat!! lily
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3:26pm Mon 17 Feb 14

David 1957 says...

Ia it any wander the market is struggling.They might start early enough but there all gone by 3pm therefore missing out on at least a couple of hours trade.Its not rocket science !
Ia it any wander the market is struggling.They might start early enough but there all gone by 3pm therefore missing out on at least a couple of hours trade.Its not rocket science ! David 1957
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11:04pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Tim Burr says...

How much have St Modwen paid for the land? If it's a joint venture what's the breakdown?
How much have St Modwen paid for the land? If it's a joint venture what's the breakdown? Tim Burr
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11:09am Tue 18 Feb 14

bolton_blue says...

David 1957 wrote:
Ia it any wander the market is struggling.They might start early enough but there all gone by 3pm therefore missing out on at least a couple of hours trade.Its not rocket science !
....Its not Rocket Science, brilliant advice!!!!... It is Bolton Council Rules that the Market Finishes on a Monday at 3pm, not the Market Traders choice. The market traders have asked to stay open later on a Monday and they have been told no. The other two market days the stalls stay open until 4pm. Perhaps if the people of Farnworth supported there market by shopping there instead of going to Asda you might have a market to show your future generations. Within 12 months the only Market will be what you see in old photographs and in its place you will be rewarded with a health centre, a chemist a betfred and another high street shop that Farnworth people dont need. ......Now i must rush out and tell the traders at Farnworth Market that David1957 said the only thing you need to do to solve your problems is to ignore council rules and stay open an extra few hours on a Monday......after all 'its not rocket science' !
[quote][p][bold]David 1957[/bold] wrote: Ia it any wander the market is struggling.They might start early enough but there all gone by 3pm therefore missing out on at least a couple of hours trade.Its not rocket science ![/p][/quote]....Its not Rocket Science, brilliant advice!!!!... It is Bolton Council Rules that the Market Finishes on a Monday at 3pm, not the Market Traders choice. The market traders have asked to stay open later on a Monday and they have been told no. The other two market days the stalls stay open until 4pm. Perhaps if the people of Farnworth supported there market by shopping there instead of going to Asda you might have a market to show your future generations. Within 12 months the only Market will be what you see in old photographs and in its place you will be rewarded with a health centre, a chemist a betfred and another high street shop that Farnworth people dont need. ......Now i must rush out and tell the traders at Farnworth Market that David1957 said the only thing you need to do to solve your problems is to ignore council rules and stay open an extra few hours on a Monday......after all 'its not rocket science' ! bolton_blue
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