Europe’s largest market could see its size cut by a quarter as council unveils plans to invest in run-down facilities.
At a meeting of senior councillors, members agreed to start feasibility work on the refurbishment of the historic market which could see a modern extension built to replace the ‘temporary’ 1976 and 1981. There are also proposals to further refurbish the 1904 and 1875 halls – and a new food court area and public toilets could also be built.
Proposals will be developed based on the facilities being reduced in size by 25%. Kirkgate is currently the largest covered market in Europe.
The recommendation was made by market specialists Quarterbridge, who were asked by Leeds City Council to look at how to keep the market thriving.
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