A Colne councillor says that around £30,000 is available to make significant improvements to the town’s Market Hall.
Coun. Tony Greaves told the Colne Times that plans are now underway to give the Market Street site a complete makeover.
It is hoped the building’s exterior can be smartened, better signage can be provided and that the inside can be brightened.
The exciting proposals, which were agreed by Pendle Council’s Markets Working Group, are a way of attracting even more shoppers into the hall.
Chairman of the working group Coun. Greaves said: “There is a general feeling that we want to smarten up the outside of the Market Hall and get some better signage, and brighten up the inside with new lighting and a repaint. “We have about £30,000 to invest in the Market Hall - some of it is the last of the town centre improvements fund from the Sainsbury’s development.
“The Market Hall is doing quite well at the moment and most of the stalls are taken, but it needs brightening and smartening, and we want better signage to attract more customers inside.
“We want a brighter, lighter and more attractive Market to attract new customers including younger people, and to help the traders make a success of their businesses.
“Colne Town Centre is doing well and we want the Market Hall to contribute to this success – and in so doing to reduce its cost to the Council’s annual budget.”
More detailed proposals include:
l Brightening up the Market Hall by repainting the lower walls and woodwork
l Installing brighter lighting inside the Market Hall to replace the existing dated lighting units
l Giving a major facelift to the outside, with a new colour scheme based on an appropriate shade of red. The steel work, gates and railings will be repainted in black and gold to match the street furniture in the town centre
l Putting up better signage, including signs to show people what is on offer inside the Market Hall, and to make the entry points much clearer
l Replacing the windows of the “glass box” exhibition room at the front of the Market Hall with real glass
Coun. Greaves added that he would welcome any comments on these plans, and that councillors are open to any other ideas that residents may have.