Clitheroe Market revamp is moving closer

Fresh ideas to revitalise Clitheroe's underused market site are being explored
Fresh ideas to revitalise Clitheroe's underused market site are being explored

Ambitious plans to breathe new life into Clitheroe’s under used market site are moving forward.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has earmarked £175,000 to be spent on redeveloping the market site and car park.

Nelson-based Barnfield Construction is expected to submit its ideas to the council next month for the revamp of the historic market. Last year the firm was handed an exclusive six-month option to bring forward viable proposals for a vibrant hub to Clitheroe’s retail district.

Under the plans, which are subject to the usual planning process, proposals for a new car park will also be discussed.

Borough council leader Coun. Stuart Hirst is delighted at the prospect of developing the market site.

He said: “The council has allocated money for market improvements and work could start on the site as early as next year.

“We would be delighted if Barnfield Construction came back to us with a good proposal to invigorate the market.

“The progress made so far on the scheme will be discussed by the council’s Policy and Finance Committee meeting next month.

“But overall, the redevelopment of the market is good news, not just for the stallholders, but the people of Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley.”

Deputy leader Coun. Simon Hore, who is also chairman of the Economic Development Working Group, said: “We are very keen to see Clitheroe develop as a market town. We recognise investment is required and are determined to increase footfall into the area.”