February 3, 2012 Leeds City Council
Council chiefs will be asked to agree to start work on developing plans for major investment in Kirkgate Market at a meeting next week
As a contribution to the potential costs of redevelopment and refurbishment, it has been suggested that half a million pounds of the annual markets surplus is earmarked which will be used to finance feasibility work and additional borrowing.
Council officers are recommending that feasibility work is undertaken to explore a range of refurbishment and redevelopment propositions at a variety of cost levels.
Councillor Gerry Harper, Leeds City Council markets champion said:
“We want to ensure that we take the opportunity to make the market the best is can possibly be, but we know this means a large amount of investment.
“One of the things we are looking at is to reduce the size of the market to enable us to work towards one of our goals of ensuring 100% lettings.
“There are a number of options we still need to look into, but we want to ensure that we are able to improve conditions at the market for both tenants and customers so as we can attract more customers and tenants to the market.
“There have been a number of rumours going around about market traders being made to wear uniforms in the future and I would like to stress that this is not the case – we are at the early stages of our research into ensuring a sustainable future for the market, and there are a number of options feeding into our research – but uniforms for traders is not one of them.
The council published the report from markets specialist Quarterbridge in January 2012, and has since received a number of comments. The report was also presented to the council’s regeneration scrutiny board in January 2012.
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