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More delays in Market Place
THE multi-million pound revamp of Salisbury’s Market Place has suffered further delays and will not be completed before the annual charter fair later this month.
The refurbishment is being conducted in three phases.
Workmen are on the final phase but city leaders had said in August the work was due to finish in time for the vintage fair, which was held on Friday.
At Salisbury City Council’s full council meeting on Monday night, Mayor Penny Brown said the work would not be finished in time for the fair, to run from October 21 to 23, but that the event will still go ahead.
Fairs have been held in the city since 1227 when King Henry III granted a charter to the Bishop of Salisbury to hold a fair on the third Monday in October.
The city council has been working with the fair organisers in order to minimise disruption as much as possible and they will only have to lose about two stalls because of the ongoing work.
Wiltshire councillor Richard Clewer, who has overseen the project as former chairman of Salisbury Area Board, said they were expecting the granite work to be finished by the end of September but the corner next to La Mollina and Patisserie Valerie has proved to be more difficult than expected.
Cllr Clewer said he will not know exactly how long the work has been delayed by until the fortnightly meeting with the site foreman, due to take place today.
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