June 14, 2012 Yorkshire Evening Post
Council bosses want Leeds Market to be the best in the UK – but how will they make it happen? And meanwhile, farmers’ markets are thriving. Neil Hudson and David Marsh report.
The idea of a profitable and sustainable market attracting visitors from both Leeds and across the UK was set out in a strategy approved by the council’s Executive Board in July last year.
It is a vision unlikely to come cheap and the idea of borrowing £10m from the government could prove to be one way of raising much-needed capital.
Councillors acknowledge money for improvements is needed. In some parts of the market one in four stalls is vacant.
Traders have repeatedly complained that they are struggling in the recession and called for rent reductions – calls resisted by the council.
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