Plans for Bolton Market’s £4.5 million revamp have been approved.
Members of Bolton Council’s planning committee met today to discuss the proposals to transform the award-winning market on Ashburner Street.
Councillors granted full planning approval for the project, which has been developed following talks with traders and feedback from customers.
The scheme builds on the quality and strength of the market’s food offer. Improvements that will take place include: refurbishing the roof on the fish market; replacing the roof on the eastern hall, which houses the non-food section; introducing additional indoor food stalls and a seating area in the eastern hall; and repairing the roof over the western hall, which contains the fresh fruit and vegetable traders.
The outdoor market will be moved to New Street closer to the planned new transport interchange.
Original plans which proposed a new entrance on the corner of Blackhorse Street and New Street have been revised slightly as a result of discussions with existing market traders.
Work will now start in February, with completion planned by late 2014. Indoor market traders, affected by the refurbishment, will be relocated temporarily on to the current outdoor market in January.
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We already have a great market and what we want to do is make it even better.
“The market is one of our main shopping destinations and we have some of the best fish and fresh fruit and vegetables on offer in the region. The market will always remain a traditional home for traders selling all these goods.
“What the improvements will mean is that shoppers can buy the produce they do now but under a much better building.”
Bolton Market opened in the 1930s and is one of Britain’s oldest food markets. The market has a growing reputation as the premier food market in the north of England.
It has won a number of awards including Best Food Market in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards 2011; Best Indoor Market 2010; and Tourism Retailer of the Year 2009.
Up to three million people visit the market annually. The indoor and outdoor market is open Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. The car boot market is open Sunday, 7.30am to 2pm.