Call to repair Queen’s Market roof

Friends of Queen's Market protesting about the roof

Friends of Queen's Market protesting about the roof - Credit: Pauline Rowe

Campaigners have called on the council to replace the roof of a much-loved market.

Members of Friends of Queen’s Market unveiled banners and umbrellas to demand immediate roof repairs.

Traders have complained about leaks damaging their stock during the wet weather, and with winter approaching are keen to protect the items inside the Green Street market.

The roof of the century-old market was repaired in 2010 and 2013, but the leaks are persisiting.

Repairs have been scheduled but with no start date.

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‘We got our own structural engineer to look at the roof and he said that the structure was fine,” explained Friends of Queen.s Market campaigner Pauline Rowe.

“The problems seem to arise from poor maintenance and repair.”

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A council spokeswoman said: “The car park above the shops requires significant investment to prevent the roof below from leaking.

“The council is considering the options available during this time of considerable budget pressures and will update the shopkeepers as soon as a decision has been made.”

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