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Glossop Market ‘facing temporary closure’ during £4m renovation
Friday 9th December 2016 @ 15:04 by Adam Higgins
Community Glossop Chronicle News

Council bosses are inviting Glossop market traders and arcade shop tenants in for face-to-face talks over a £4m scheme to renovate key buildings.

High Peak Borough Council want to borrow half the cash – and get a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the rest – to spend on the town hall, market hall and Municipal Buildings.

They want to talk to people it could affect most to put them in the picture and discuss any concerns.

The work – which could start in two years time – is likely to cause disruption that would close the market hall and could affect shops in the market arcade.

It’s the closure that is worrying some of the around 20 stall holders who trade in the hall.

One said: “I am sure we all look forward to the investment, you worry though about the hall shutting while the work’s going on. The council can’t say how long it will be, they talk about offering temporary accommodation, but where?”

The closure is needed because of what is described as ‘significant work’ to the roofs of the town hall and market hall.

Council leader Cllr Tony Ashton said: “We’re working hard on what we believe are exciting proposals to restore Glossop’s civic buildings to public use in recognition of their importance to the people of the town and the wider borough.

“A key part of developing a successful scheme is listening to the views and opinions of local people and businesses and we know there is general support for the plans.

“We’re continuing that process now with market traders and those who work in the arcade shops.

“We’re offering individual meetings so that people can discuss their specific circumstances and aspirations with us as we explore options and ideas and I would encourage people to get involved to make sure their views are given full consideration as we develop our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

The council is preparing a formal bid for cash from the fund’s enterprise scheme and is aiming to submit the Stage 1 application next year.

A council spokesman said: “Letters explaining the plans and the next steps the council will be taking have been sent to traders and businesses, together with an invitation to meet with council staff.

“Significant work is required to both the town hall roof and the market hall roof which will cause disruption to the operation of the market and the council will be talking to traders about possible impacts of this and contingencies.”

A spokesperson for High Peak Borough Council said: “We understand that the traders will have some questions which is why we’re starting conversations with them now at an early stage in the process.

“We need to know their thoughts and aspirations so that we can work together on possible future arrangements and we would strongly encourage all stall holders and the arcade shop tenants to contact us so we discuss their particular circumstances with them.”

 

By David Jones