Repair work begins at Barnstaple Pannier Market

Posted on: 10 June 2016

Barnstaple’s historic Pannier Market is having a summer spruce up.

North Devon Council has appointed Pearce Construction to undertake planned maintenance at the Grade II listed Victorian market building. Work begins on Monday 13 June and will last a few weeks.

All the doors and guttering will be repaired and redecorated, with further internal paint work and other minor repairs made inside the building. Due to the historical importance of the market, specialist paints and materials will be used to preserve the authenticity of the building.

Deputy Leader and Executive Member for economic development, Councillor Pat Barker, said: “I’m very happy to see the market getting a lick of paint in time for the summer season. The doors in particular seem to suffer from everyday wear and tear so it will be good to get them repaired and repainted. I hope the work doesn’t cause too much disruption and that everyone, visitors and traders alike, are happy with the results.”

The contractors will be working closely with the council and the market manager to keep disruption at the busy market to a minimum.

Find more information about Barnstaple Pannier Market on Facebook or the council’s website.

2 comments on “Repair work begins at Barnstaple Pannier Market

  1. Dan Baseley says:

    Doing it overnight would have been good, to make disruption to traders and customers zero! Or having done it in the quiet months of January to April! Whoever planned to start the work just as the season is starting seriously needs to prepare themselves for a glut of complaints from traders experiencing yet another downturn in sales, in what is already an extremely difficult year.

    • Mair says:

      Thank you for your comments Dan. Unfortunately, we did not have capacity to project manage refurbishments works at the market earlier in the year, as our technical team was busy on a major project to extend North Devon Crematorium. Having spoken to the team, they have explained that winter or spring would not have been the ideal time to carry out the work anyway, as the weather conditions would have made the painting work and filling more challenging.

      Funds for the project only became available in April, at the start of the new financial year. Since then we have carried out a full survey of the building, fixed some of the roof leaks, prepared specifications and plans and gone through the council’s procurement procedure to let the contract.

      As the market is open all year round, unfortunately there is always going to be some disruption when we carry out repairs and maintenance. It would be extremely expensive to carry out the work overnight and this would not provide good use of public funds. The council has limited budgets therefore value for money is very important.

      We are very pleased to make the funds available to carry out this work and hope that traders understand that our contractors will be doing all they can to keep disruption to a minimum. If you have any further concerns please contact the market manager on 01271 379084 or email

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