A NEW indoor hall, free parking and internet access are among the recommendations for the future of Bury Market.

The council has been asked to fund pre-development costs of around £50,000 and create a business plan for a new indoor “flexi-hall” at the market.

The new building would be used for live music, pop-up markets and other events if the plans go ahead.

But regeneration director Paul Lakin says the development, which will involve talks with Mill Gate Shopping Centre over land, could take years to complete.

He said: “This is the first stage of a vision which we’d like to implement at speed. But this will not happen overnight. It’s going to be a couple of years of work."

The council has also been asked to investigate options to improve internet access for traders and consider the cost of providing free Wi-Fi on the market.

Cllr Yvonne Wright was supportive but criticised some suggestions, describing free parking as a “non starter”.