‘Status quo’ for indoor market

Assembly Rooms, Lancaster.
Assembly Rooms, Lancaster.
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The city’s Assembly Rooms will keep its current identity after councillors turned down another offer.

Proposals for an international fairtrade centre, run by Garstang’s The Fig Tree, were kicked out at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Instead, councillors voted to “maintain the status quo” at The Assembly Rooms in King Street, and look to improve the offer there.

This would include a new cafe, “decluttering”, and better marketing.

Coun Janice Hanson said: “Up to now we haven’t taken much interest in the Assembly Rooms, and we need to so now. We need to make it an attractive place for visitors and residents, but we need to be clear with tenants what we expect of them.”

Coun Eileen Blamire said: “My feeling is that the Fig Tree doesn’t meet our requirements. I want to see the garden open and a really good cafe in there.”

Fiona Gordon, who runs a second hand book store in the Assembly Rooms said: “The offer is unique, much valued by its customers, and is run by a group of sole trader entrepeneurs who live in the Lancaster district.”

“We have made some improvements to the space and many of our customers say ‘I wish we had a place like this in our town’.”