Calls for urgent meeting to stop Clitheroe market redevelopment

Artist impression of the Clitheroe Market redevelopment
Artist impression of the Clitheroe Market redevelopment

Ribble Valley’s opposition councillors have united in calling for an “extraordinary” meeting about the Clitheroe Market redevelopment.

Their request for the meeting calls for a brake to be put on the current redevelopment proposals and for there to be a wide, deep and meaningful consultation process before any new plans are drawn up.

As previously reported in the Clitheroe Advertiser, an ambitious £9m. state-of-the-art scheme is planned for Clitheroe’s 900-year-old market. According to Ribble Valley Borough Council officials, the three-year plan, to be developed by Nelson-based Barnfield Construction, featuring a 60-bed hotel, retail and leisure units, 56-space car park and a revamped market with a hall, will give the current site a new lease of life and attract top new retailers.

However, the news of the transformation has been met with a mixed reaction. Some concerned stallholders are complaining that the plans will destroy the market’s traditional character, while others are worried about a loss of car parking spaces

Liberal Democrat Leader of the opposition, Coun. Allan Knox said: “All of the opposition councillors were united in their criticism of the way the consultation process is being carried out.

“The process is the same sort of consultation a developer carries out when they want to foist hundreds of new houses on a town or village which is already drowning under new house building.

“The market belongs to all of us; but the council and Barnfield have come up with a take it or leave it solution. That is not real consultation.”

Labour councillor Maureen Fenton added: “I strongly support the call for Ribble Valley Borough Council to meet to discuss these re-development proposals and the lack of meaningful consultation on them, before the plans are taken any further.”