New-look marquees set for market

THIS could be the new face of Chorley's popular Flat Iron market after shoppers and traders alike gave the thumbs up to new gazebo-style stalls.
THIS could be the new face of Chorley's popular Flat Iron market after shoppers and traders alike gave the thumbs up to new gazebo-style stalls.

This could be the new face of Chorley’s popular Flat Iron Market after shoppers and traders gave the thumbs up to new gazebo-style stalls.

Around 40 red and white striped, six metre by three metre, gazebos will replace the existing stalls around the outside of the historic Tuesday market, which is owned by Chorley Council, from this summer.

All will have the red and white striped tops, with pelmets saying Welcome to Chorley Markets, but three corner stalls will also have the council branded curtains.

Coun Peter Malpas, who oversees town centre improvements, said: “We promised to invest in the Flat Iron Market following the successful revamp of the Covered Market which has seen take up of stalls rise since the work was completed.

“These gazebos will add to the vibrancy of the town centre and bring the popular historic market up-to-date.

“They will also bring uniformity and style to make it look like a proper market that shoppers and visitors can all identify with and where traders can display their wares properly.”

The new gazebos are supported by the market’s traders who were able to try out a selection of different types and makes before their preferred option was unveiled to the public for their views earlier this year.

Shoppers too gave the new gazebos the thumbs up so phase one of the scheme is set to start in summer with the 40 new stalls being placed round the outside of the market.

If successful a second phase of around 40 similar gazebos for the inner stalls on the market could follow later in the year.

Coun Malpas added: “We felt the time was right to look again at the Flat Iron after the improvements to the Covered Market.

“This, along with the extra investment in town centre shops that we’ve just announced, and the new developments for Market Walk and Asda, means these are exciting times for Chorley town centre, traders, shoppers and visitors alike.”

For more information about the markets visit: www.chorley.gov.uk/markets