Burning question over market

The Festival Market.
The Festival Market.

A new heating system could warm up Morecambe’s Festival Market but only if our council can afford it.

Councillors will decide whether to spend more than £241,000 on heating the market after complaints that it is too cold during the winter months.

But as Lancaster City Council is facing a financial crisis and needs to save £3.5m over two years, the plans could be put on the backburner.

A new gas heating system would cost £66,000 plus running costs of £5,200 per year, says a council report. Roof insulation would cost £150,000, and shutters and automated doors to keep the heat in would be an extra £25,000.

The market is on course to make £121,000 profit this financial year, down from £140,000 in 2012/13 and £160,000 the year before.

Despite needing to make savage cuts to balance the books, the council cabinet has pledged to keep the market open.

This year the council spent £50,000 on the market, most of this on engineering work on its ‘courtyard’ area. The council cabinet will meet to discuss the market on Tuesday, December 3 at 10am at Lancaster Town Hall.

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