New market proposals unveiled

New designs from HDC showing options for the future of the market in Harborough
New designs from HDC showing options for the future of the market in Harborough

NEW plans and artists’ impressions showing potential new locations for Harborough’s market traders have been revealed today (Tuesday).

Harborough District Council’s proposals show a range of options including putting stalls on a pedestrianised Adam and Eve Street and in Church Square.

Other options laid out in the plans show stalls either open to the elements or under a canopy in a redeveloped Fox Yard at the back of its Adam and Eve Street HQ.

All the options include space for a food hall on the ground floor of the council’s HQ, with a one-stop-shop for council customers and retail space.

The plans would also include the housing of the library and museum, and council offices on the upper floors.

People are being asked to comment on the proposals by visiting a public exhibition, to be staged in The Square on Thursday (March 22) from 11am-4pm, and Saturday, March 24 from 10am-3pm.

The designs will also go on display in the council HQ in Adam and Eve Street. They will be available from Thursday on the council’s website.

Council leader Mike Rook said: “The market is at the heart of Market Harborough and that’s exactly where it would remain under these new plans. We’ve spoken with local people and listened to their concerns.

“The options being unveiled include indoor trading, covered trading and new independent retail units, all of which could benefit from sites near the council offices, library and museum.

“Adam and Eve Street itself could be a vibrant new street market and we could make more of our markets at the Town Square and Church Square.

“Everyone in the district should care about the council making best use of its property in the town centre so I hope as many people as possible will come and comment on these exciting options for the future.”

*See this Thursday’s Mail for more images and the full story.