Trader fury as council stalls on market

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MARKET traders have accused the city council of “stabbing them in the back” over new proposals which could see the authority pay for redevelopment of the building.

Last November, councillors resolved to close Lancaster’s indoor market, pay up to £20m to surrender the lease with the landlord Allied (Lancaster) Ltd, and negotiate compensation and relocation with traders.

But a new report from Lancaster City Council’s chief executive has laid out a set of options that could see a different outcome for all involved.

Four proposals have been put forward by Allied and councillors are now being asked to re-consider the market’s future at a full council meeting on Wednesday.

See the Lancaster Guardian (05-04-12) for full story.