Revamps of museum, library and market hall get go-ahead
Plans to revamp Harborough's council headquarters and indoor market have been approved.
The full council agreed on Monday to spend more than £5.7 million upgrading the office complex in Adam and Eve Street.
Members also agreed to pump £410,000 into improving the market hall in Northampton Road.
The Adam and Eve Street project will see the library and museum expanded and shops built on the ground floor.
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The library will relocate temporarily to Millers Yard.
A spokesman for the county council, which runs the library, said: "Essential services will be provided at the temporary facility, with neighbouring libraries i benefiting from additional book stock for the duration of the refurbishment.
"The museum will close in November to allow the collections to be packed away carefully before refurbishment."
He said there would be museum outreach work and social media activity in the district next year and some of the most significant items from the Harborough collections would be part of a temporary exhibition at Snibston museum, Coalville, about the archaeology of Leicestershire.
He said: "We think the new cultural facilities for the museum and library service in the modernised council building will be worth the wait."
Phil Knowles, Liberal Democrat leader on Harborough District Council, said the market hall cash was "a victory for the 18,500 people who supported the petition" to save it.
Market traders spokesman John Cleaver said: "The decision to invest in the market is great news for us, customers and the council itself."