Derby’s Market Hall to be closed tomorrow as Storm Aileen expected to batter the city

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Derby’s Market Hall will be closed tomorrow as a “precautionary safety measure” following warnings over Storm Aileen.

The storm is expected to arrive in Derby in the early hours of tomorrow morning - with winds of up to 75mph.

As a result, Derby City Council says the market will remain closed tomorrow to “protect public safety”.

A council spokesman said: “Four panes of the glass on the roof of the Market Hall are in need of maintenance to prevent them from coming loose during adverse weather conditions."

Pictured is Derby Market Hall

Pictured is Derby Market Hall

He added: “The council has been closely monitoring data from the Met Office and has taken the decision to activate its emergency contingency plan to protect public safety.

“The council would like to reassure the public and market traders that, outside of these weather events, the building remains safe to operate as usual. A review of the weather conditions and the roof will take place on Thursday at 6am before the market can be reopened.

“This decision has not been taken lightly. The council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause and the short notice but public safety has to be our first priority.”

However, market traders say they are “outraged” after being informed of the closure at 4.15pm today – just 45 minutes before closing.

Lorna Franklin, of Flowers by Joy, said: “I can’t believe they’re closing the market again because they haven’t fixed the roof yet.

“We were given 45 minutes’ notice and many traders have orders arriving tomorrow which obviously can’t happen if it’s closed.

“I know there’s not much they can do about the storm but the roof should have been fixed a long time ago. It’s outrageous really, we’re losing money because of this.”