New life will be breathed into Farnworth Market after a major investment plan was agreed.
Bolton Council’s Executive approved the £375,000 scheme yesterday (August 23), which would see the existing market relocated to the side of Asda.
A total of 19 new permanent shuttered units and 22 demountable stalls would be sited there. A further 12 demountable stalls would be erected along Brackley Street.
The market relocation is subject to planning approval and an application is due to be submitted at the end of the year.
If approval is given, the current site will be demolished and turned into a free 43-space car park for the immediate future.
The move will be funded using £325,000 from Tesco, which is opening a new store in Farnworth. The council will provide the additional £50,000 needed to revitalise the market.
The existing market has operated at a loss for a number of years and council chiefs believe that the new plans will boost trade and enhance the appearance of Farnworth town centre as a whole.
Councillors Ismail Ibrahim, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Development and Regeneration and Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Executive Member for Environmental Services, said in a joint statement: “This is a much needed boost for Farnworth. Resiting the market and building brand new stalls for traders means the market will look far more attractive to shoppers. Traders have been calling on us to improve the market for quite some time and we will continue to speak to them to incorporate their views into the scheme.”