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Council talking to traders about Glossop Halls plans

Glossop market arcade shop tenants, indoor and outdoor market traders are being invited to meet the Council to discuss plans for renovating the town's heritage halls.

High Peak Borough Council plans to borrow £2 million to fund the work at the town's Market Hall, Town Hall and Municipal Buildings but estimates value the cost of the work required at more than £4 million.

To bridge this gap, the Council is preparing a formal bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund's enterprise scheme and is aiming to submit the Stage 1 application next year.

Letters explaining the plans and the next steps the Council will be taking have been sent to traders and businesses together with an invitation to meet with Council staff.

Councillor Tony Ashton, Leader of the Council, said: "We're working hard on what we believe are exciting proposals to restore Glossop's civic buildings to public use in recognition of their importance to the people of the town and the wider borough.

"A key part of developing a successful scheme is listening to the views and opinions of local people and businesses and we know there is general support for the plans. We're continuing that process now with market traders and those who work in the Arcade shops.

"We're offering individual meetings so that people can discuss their specific circumstances and aspirations with us as we explore options and ideas and I would encourage people to get involved to make sure their views are given full consideration as we develop our bid to the HLF."

Significant work is required to both the Town Hall roof and the Market Hall roof which will cause disruption to the operation of the market and the Council will be talking to traders about possible impacts of this and contingencies.