VIDEO: Council leader speaks out over controversial market plans

THE LEADER of Harborough District Council has spoken to the Mail about the authority’s proposals to move the town’s market.

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

That plan could see an arcade built through the existing entrance to the council HQ, leading to a one-stop-shop and flanked by an indoor food hall and shops.

The Mail spoke to Cllr Mike Rook about the plans and the flak the council has received over its proposals for the Market Hall (see video above).

Other options laid out in the plans show stalls, either open to the elements or under a canopy, in a redeveloped Fox Yard, with storage areas for stall holders and a revamp of the yard’s archway entrance.

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, plus retail space.

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

Opportunities to extend market stalls to The Square are also explored in the drawings.

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.

“I hope as many people as possible will come and comment on these exciting options for the future.”