Same great products, much better building: Green light given to £4.5million revamp of Bolton Market

By Dominic Claeys-Jackson

A £4.5million revamp of Bolton Market will begin in February, after council planning chiefs approved the overhaul.

After being given the green light yesterday at Bolton Council’s planning committee, bosses hope the refurbishment will further increase the market’s 3million annual visitors.

The changes – set to conclude in late 2014 – will include refurbishment of the indoor market, roofing replacement, parking improvement and a new glass-fronted entrance.

Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We already have a great market and what we want to do is make it even better.

“The market is one of our main shopping destinations and we have some of the best fish and fresh fruit and vegetables on offer in the region.

“The market will always remain a traditional home for traders selling all these goods.

“What the improvements will mean is that shoppers can buy the produce they do now but under a much better building.”

Numerous changes will be made to the award-winning market, as the Council attempts to build on the quality and strength of its food offerings.

The outdoor market will be moved to New Street – closer to Bolton’s planned new transport interchange – and the number of stalls reduced to 80.

Additional car parking is also to be provided, as well as vehicle access from Moor Lane.

Further alterations are planned for the indoor market, with its fish market, non-food eastern hall and fruit-and-vegetable western hall all affected.

Additional food stalls and a seating area will be introduced in the eastern hall, reducing the number of aisles and providing a new stall layout.

Meanwhile, fish market and western hall roofs will be refurbished, with the roof on the eastern hall fully replaced.

Indoor market traders affected by the refurbishment will be temporarily relocated to the outdoor market in January.

Furthermore, a new glazed entrance on the corner of Blackhorse Street and New Street will be created.

Allan Woodcock, Owner of Woodcock’s CDs, DVDs and Games, praised the decision, claiming that Bolton has required such investment for a while.

“I think it’s a good thing,” he said. “I think it’s something that needs to be done; it will refresh not only Bolton Market but the town as well.

“It will regenerate the amount of people that come into Bolton, which is much needed and has been waiting to happen.

“Other town centres nearby have all had some sort of development but there’s been no real development in Bolton town centre for quite a while, at least on this scale.

“Bolton Market is obviously a good market anyway, and it should be advanced even further by the investment.”

One of Britain’s oldest food markets, Bolton Market opened in the 1930s and has a growing reputation as the north’s finest.

It has won awards including Best Food Market, Best Indoor Market and Tourism Retailer of the Year.

The indoor and outdoor market is open Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, whilst the car boot market is open Sunday, 7.30am to 2pm.

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