One of my main tasks as leader of the council is to promote economic growth, support businesses and encourage opportunities for local people to prosper.
I was, therefore, delighted when we were able to announce that the market would remain open for business when the Market Hall building in Northampton Road, Market Harborough, closes for refurbishment.
See the Mail’s story on the temporary arrangements: Stallholders to tarde from The Square while hall is refurbished.
A temporary location for stallholders to ply their wares, during the work, will ensure market businesses can continue to flourish.
We are investing £410,000 in our Market Hall building to create a more successful market and improve the venue for shoppers.
In January 2014, the Market Hall building will close for just over three months to allow the improvement works to take place.
I am grateful to Leicestershire County Council for working with us to allow the indoor market stallholders to temporarily relocate to The Square in the heart of the town, with all the benefits that come with passing trade.
I am also grateful to Harborough’s Welland Park Academy for hosting the popular Sunday antiques market in its Assembly Rooms while the work takes place.
The market traders seem positive about the benefits the refurbishment will bring and that is very encouraging.
It is certainly an exciting time and I am thrilled that the market will continue to flourish as we look at our wider, more strategic, business and economic development plans and what positive outcomes and opportunities these will bring.
We are joining forces with major organisations and other local authorities to help create jobs, boost training and skills opportunities, and open up new funding streams which will benefit the Harborough district.
I will, of course, share these plans with readers through this column in the coming weeks.
Column by Blake Pain
Cllr Pain is the leader of Harborough District Council where he represents the Lubenham ward. He is also a Leicestershire County Council cabinet member and represents the Harborough West and Foxton division.