NESTON’S Friday market will be held on a different part of the town’s main car park while an archaeological dig is carried out.

The popular market has been relocated to the Raby Road section of the car park, behind Neston Town Hall, from its usual spot near to the Brook Street entrance.

The ten-week dig, which is due to start at the end of the month, is an important part of the preparatory work leading up to the redevelopment of Neston Town Centre.

Laura Dutton, the borough council’s senior property surveyor, explained: “The area sits within a potential site for archaeological interest so we were keen to excavate the area before beginning any work.

“The archaeological study is due to begin at the end of January but, having fully consulted the market traders, we wanted to get them established in their new locations in advance of that date.”

The Friday market will continue to operate as normal during the dig along with the Monthly Farmers’ Market, which trades the third Saturday of each month.

When work begins on the land behind the town hall and both the Brook Street and Raby Road car parks, the Friday market will move to Belmont Cottage and Brook Street.