PLANS to move Lancaster Market into the City Museum were scrapped this week, as city councillors agreed to house stalls on one floor in the existing building.
Lancaster City Council’s cabinet agreed traders on the first floor of the Marketgate facility should move to the ground floor in a bid to regenerate the market, which is losing both traders and customers. A new business could then lease space on the top floor.
More than half of the market’s 60 stalls are currently vacant and the council, which leases the building from Marketgate owners Allied, faces a £580,000 annual deficit.
A proposal by Lancaster City Council to move the market into the museum was rejected after a report by consultants highlighted the “inherent incompatibility” between the market and museum. The report, which cost the council nearly £20,000, highlighted a lack of space for stalls in the museum building.
The equivalent of just 2.5 per cent of the total floor area of the indoor market would have been available for traders.
See the Lancaster Guardian (28-07-11) for full story.