Security fencing has been put up in preparation for the £60,000 work that will transform Leicester Market.

The council will remove a section of the market's canopy to make way for an open-air plaza hosting international food stalls, the Leicester Mercury reports.

The work will also include the removal of part of the Corn Exchange's roof, repaving work, new power supplies and a general clean-up.

It is hoped the work on the site – intended to build on the success of previous food festivals in the city – will be done by the end of March.

From Monday to Thursday, arts and antiques sellers will use the stalls, with food sellers promoting their wares on Fridays and Saturdays.

Councillor Paul Westley, the city council's cabinet member for markets, told the newspaper: "This revamp is part of a larger strategy for the market in general.

"It will make it far more appealing to people from across the city and beyond by offering a wider range of stalls and attractions to shoppers."

Some people had opposed the removal of the roof, fearing this would put customers off because of no protection from the weather.

Leicester Market is the UK's largest permanent outdoor market.