April 5, 2012 Yorkshire Evening Post By Alison Bellamy
TRADERS at Europe’s largest covered market say a rent reduction is vital to keep stalls turning over.
Stallholders at Kirkgate Market are angry about a delay to discuss the issue by decision-making politicians, which has been put back until May, after council elections.
Now a public meeting is due to be held to discuss the future of the market amid a catalogue of concerns over changes, including a 25 per cent reduction in size of the market overall.
Sara Gonzalez, of the Friends of Kirkgate Market, said: “We are holding a public event to discuss the future of the market. High rents, which are amongst the highest in the UK, have been a crucial problem for years. Traders have been paying high rents for the council which makes a profit of about £2m a year, but little of this is re-invested in the market. And this is why there are some empty stalls; a rent reduction is urgent.
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