Supporters say: Hands off people’s market as council considers £30 million partnership with private developers
It was standing room only as a couple of hundred shoppers and traders gathered at a Leeds city centre church to discuss the uncertain future of Europe’s largest indoor market.
The public meeting was called by the Friends of Kirkgate Market group,made up of market supporters. It says that the facility, which employs 2,000 people on 600 stalls and generates £2m profit a year, needs major investment after years of neglect.
The Friends group revealed ideas including setting up a public trust owned by the people; a call to abandon plans to sell off 25 per cent of the market; and reduce rent by 50 per cent for 12 months. The group’s latest newsletter says ‘the Council’s vision of the future is the stuff of nightmares’. It adds:
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