Sharing support for market

Upset: Butcher Michael Clarke
Upset: Butcher Michael Clarke
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Readers go online to share their views on future of city’s beleagured indoor facility.

Lancashire Evening Post readers have shared their views on what should happen to Preston’s indoor market hall.

The LEP reported yesterday how the city council was pushing ahead with plans to knock down the hall and adjacent car park and move traders outdoors under canopies. Council leader Peter Rankin said they could not afford the £8m needed to repair the building, but some traders are opposed to moving outside. Butcher Michael Clarke said he may quit if that happens.

Readers joined in the debate in numbers online at

One reader, George Formby, wrote: “Talk to stallholders and they’ll tell you, the reason the indoor market is beyond repair is because it has been neglected by the council for donkey’s years. There has been talk of it coming down since 1998. That’s why no-one has spent a farthing on the place. Now it needs £8m to bring it up to scratch. To me, that’s poor housekeeping by the council.”

Brenda Leyland added: “The market and car parks are still safe, or the would not be in use now. There is also good revenue coming in from the car parks. So start spending it on repairs to the buildings.”

Others came up with suggestions for preserving the market. Laffalot said: “Cover one floor of the bus station car park and turn that into an indoor market. One floor of that car park is massive, more than enough to accommodate the current market.”

Reader Mr Whippy wrote: “Reducing the size of the market to just the canopies would be a mistake.

“The site should be redeveloped to include a new market hall, leisure such as a cinema, car parking and retail.”