Lancashire

Plans for £9m revamp of Clitheroe Market unveiled

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Image caption If the proposals are approved, construction on the 1.4 acre site will start in spring

A £9m revamp of Clitheroe's outdoor market has been criticised by some traders who say it will destroy the town's traditional character.

The proposed plans, which include building a 60-bed hotel and moving the market indoors, go on public display in the town's council chambers later.

Ribble Valley Borough Council said it will give the area a new lease of life and attract new retailers.

But one trader said it would "lose the whole heart and soul of the market".

Tom Grewsker added: "I don't like it at all, it seems like they are pushing us into a corner right out of the way," he added.

Trader Eileen Ansar said an indoor market hall is not right for the town.

She said: "On the plans the market hall is completely enclosed at the back which is not a traditional market.

"All of a sudden we are going to lose everything, our heritage. I think it's disgraceful."

The plans feature a hotel, retail and leisure units, 56-space car park and revamped market with a hall, 34 cabins and 19 stalls.

If the proposals are approved, construction on the 1.4 acre site will start in spring and is expected to be completed in three years.

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