I was absolutely delighted to get the call from the Levelling Up Minister informing me Knutsford Market Hall had been successful in getting more than half a million pounds from the government’s Community Ownership Fund to support its renovation.

Knutsford Town Council had put in a bid to government earlier this year and I had gone in to bat on their behalf to try and make sure it was successful.

I supported Knutsford Town Council’s bid then met with the minister so he fully understood the importance of the market to the town and the difference this funding would make.

The market hall has been a part of the town and in its current location for nearly 60 years.

It’s well known for its fresh local produce, vibrant stalls and businesses, lovely café and space for local community groups and charities to have pop ups - customers love what’s on offer.

It provides a location for independent start-ups to gain a foothold in the community too, by allowing local entrepreneurs to test the market in a location where they can guarantee a strong footfall and reasonable rents.

Knutsford Guardian: Artist impression of new look Knutsford Market HallArtist impression of new look Knutsford Market Hall (Image: Supplied)

Just recently we have seen the success of wine merchants Morgan Edwards, run by two friends who started out in the hall in 2018, who have now moved to new premises on King Street.

Now 60 years on, the market needs a facelift and some TLC to restore it - so it continues to be a jewel in Knutsford’s crown for another 60 years.

This £560,000 from government will enable this to happen.