Plans for Bolton Market’s £4.5 million revamp are to go on display to the public.
An exhibition will be located in the central area of the non-food section of the market, on Ashburner Street, from Thursday, August 16.
The display will show the existing layout, a proposed plan showing how the indoor market will be improved, together with artists’ impressions of how the indoor and outdoor market could look.
The stand will be attended by members of the council’s project team until Tuesday, August 21 and will then remain in place unattended until Thursday, August 30. A comments box will be in place for the second week and comments can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A planning application is likely to be submitted in September, and should approval be given work will start next February, with completion planned for the end of 2014.
The plans aim to build on the quality and strength of the award-winning market’s food offer, by introducing a food court concept which has been developed in consultation with traders.
Bolton Market has won a number of awards, including Best Food Market in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards and Tourism Retailer of the Year.
If plans are given the go-ahead other improvements could include: replacing the roof on the eastern hall, which houses the miscellaneous section, and fish market; repairing the roof over the western hall; constructing a new entrance on the corner of Blackhorse Street and New Street, and relocating the outdoor market closer to the proposed transport interchange at New Street.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, said: “The market needs these improvements so we can future proof this vital asset for years to come. We have asked both traders and shoppers in the past what they want from their market and these proposals build on their feedback and we want to give them opportunity to comment further.”
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.