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Last date set for Paddy's Market

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Paddy's Market will officially close on Friday 15 May

Glasgow's 200-year-old Paddy's Market is to cease trading within two months.

Network Rail, which currently runs the lease for the site in Shipbank Lane, has written to traders and told them to vacate the area by 15 May.

The 100,000 lease will transfer to Glasgow City Council at the end of May - paving the way for regeneration work.

The authority is considering plans for another market with "quality traders". It previously described Paddy's Market as a "crime hot spot".

The council said the "multi-agency costs" of tackling problems related to crime and anti-social behaviour in Shipbank Lane had totalled 277,000 in 2006/07.

Councillor George Ryan, executive member for business and the economy at the council, said: "The plan for the future development and management of the Paddy's Market and Bridgegate site offers a fresh start and an opportunity to revitalise the area.

"Those traders who meet the new vision for the market can participate in a new way ahead for this historic site.

"Shipbank Lane and Bridgegate are parts of the city centre that can play a key role in linking the regeneration of the Merchant City and the Waterfront.

"The improved facilities and a wider range of traders will make this a more attractive destination for both residents and visitors to Glasgow."

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