Councillors propose Lancaster Market closure

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Leaders of the main political groups at Lancaster City Council are proposing to close the city’s market by the end of next year.

A meeting to decide Lancaster Market’s future is due to be held on Wednesday, November 16, but leaders of the Labour, Green, Conservative and Independent groups are proposing that council officers negotiate the terms of a lease surrender with the market building’s landlord and undertake negotiations with traders to seek early surrender of their tenancy agreements.

Should councillors agree to the proposition at a full council meeting at Morecambe Town Hall at 2.10pm on Wednesday, then the intention would be for traders to be relocated to new trading premises and/or compensated, with a view to this being completed by the end of 2012.

For the full story, see this week’s Lancaster Guardian.