Burnley market’s future in the spotlight

A report on Burnley market’s future will be debated by the council

A report on Burnley market’s future will be debated by the council

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

THE future of Burnley’s indoor market will become clearer after councillors consider the findings of an external review, say town hall leaders.

Just last summer the open market was scrapped and traders have been worried about footfall and rents in the indoor market over the last 12 months.

Major plans for the open market, promising 30 permanent stalls, a cookery demonstration area and five craft workshops, advanced three years ago and linked to the ill-fated Oval shopping development, never materialised.

More recently, town hall bosses have introduced a regular arts and crafts market to boost visitor numbers, and are monitoring its success.

And it has now been confirmed that a fresh report on the future of the market, which can trace its history back to 1294, will be considered by the borough’s scrutiny and executive committees next month.

Councillors have been told that staffing numbers have been reduced at the market, in line with current levels of activity.

Mike Cook, the council’s regeneration and economic development director, said: “Earlier this year the council commissioned experts to report on the future of Burnley markets.

“That report has been carefully considered and will be the subject of debate through the council’s scrutiny and executive committees.”

Market traders have taken part in one scrutiny committee debate on the subject and have been invited to give their views again next month.

Mr Cook added: “We recognise this is an important process for the town as a whole. We are determined to deal with any decision on the markets transparently so everyone involved are fully informed at every stage of the process.”

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5:28pm Thu 21 Aug 14

johnley says...

Before you lot at the council use your wisdom, just bare in mind at what as happened to Blackburn shopping centre, now that they have change their market, *for the better* my ar##
Before you lot at the council use your wisdom, just bare in mind at what as happened to Blackburn shopping centre, now that they have change their market, *for the better* my ar## johnley
  • Score: 15

5:44pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Truth will out says...

Sorry Burnley Council - you should have seen the decline of both the indoor and outdoor markets 10 years ago. Getting a review now will say what - everyone is in Tesco. Eureka.

The German markets idea should have been welcomed to Burnley a long time ago. Live local bands. Hot food. Free parking.

Give people reasons to come into the town centre to shop AND be entertained because promises of Oval II fall on deaf ears.
Sorry Burnley Council - you should have seen the decline of both the indoor and outdoor markets 10 years ago. Getting a review now will say what - everyone is in Tesco. Eureka. The German markets idea should have been welcomed to Burnley a long time ago. Live local bands. Hot food. Free parking. Give people reasons to come into the town centre to shop AND be entertained because promises of Oval II fall on deaf ears. Truth will out
  • Score: 22

7:25am Fri 22 Aug 14

DaveBurnley says...

If people are to use a market then they need parking. Burnley council seems to think that everyone should catch the bus or walk., The council should visit Bury and see how the council provide for motorists.
If people are to use a market then they need parking. Burnley council seems to think that everyone should catch the bus or walk., The council should visit Bury and see how the council provide for motorists. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 10

7:40am Fri 22 Aug 14

madari says...

Madari the snake charmer says:

Why leave the comforts of your own home when there is `AMAZON`??????

Knock the hideous 70`s styled market building down ....job done !! Stop wasting time & tax payers money on useless so called `external reviews` as nothing will come of it or from it that we don't already know.

The future is Premier league football, The future is Claret & Blue !!
Madari the snake charmer says: Why leave the comforts of your own home when there is `AMAZON`?????? Knock the hideous 70`s styled market building down ....job done !! Stop wasting time & tax payers money on useless so called `external reviews` as nothing will come of it or from it that we don't already know. The future is Premier league football, The future is Claret & Blue !! madari
  • Score: -5

7:47am Fri 22 Aug 14

Real Ale Up North says...

You know the market is struggling, when a long established butcher, Haffners , now only sells pies and cooked meats on their stall. However, their butchery at the Keirby Walk shop, remains fully operational.
You know the market is struggling, when a long established butcher, Haffners , now only sells pies and cooked meats on their stall. However, their butchery at the Keirby Walk shop, remains fully operational. Real Ale Up North
  • Score: 10

9:19am Fri 22 Aug 14

jockjas says...

"....bosses have introduced a regular arts and crafts market to boost numbers, and are monitoring its success." Surely a better chance of this being a success if it was to be advertised or promoted. This is the first I have read anything about this initiative. Introduce something fresh, don't publicise it, footfall doesn't increase - 'despite our efforts' - let's shut it! Can't you hear the calls from those hallowed chambers.
Despite a strong desire to support my local traders only twenty minutes down the road is Bury market and there is no shortage of footfall, choice or parking to be discussed.
"....bosses have introduced a regular arts and crafts market to boost numbers, and are monitoring its success." Surely a better chance of this being a success if it was to be advertised or promoted. This is the first I have read anything about this initiative. Introduce something fresh, don't publicise it, footfall doesn't increase - 'despite our efforts' - let's shut it! Can't you hear the calls from those hallowed chambers. Despite a strong desire to support my local traders only twenty minutes down the road is Bury market and there is no shortage of footfall, choice or parking to be discussed. jockjas
  • Score: 9

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