April 11, 2012 Yorkshire evening post
A public meeting is to be held over the future of historic Kirkgate Market in Leeds.
Traders and shoppers are invited to attend the event, to hear about plans, on April 17 at the city centre Trinity Church.
The Friends of Kirkgate Market, formed two years ago to protect the market and has since collected 10,000 signatures supporting traders, said in its latest newsletter: “Leeds City Council says it wants Kirkgate Market to be the best market in the UK, but sadly, the Council’s vision of the future is the stuff of nightmares.”
Councillors have approved proposals by consultants Quarterbridge, to shrink the largest indoor market in Europe by a quarter of it size and are searching for a ‘commercial partner’ to redevelop the city’s historic asset.
The group says that Kirkgate market, which employs 2,000 people on 600 stalls and generates £2m profit a year, needs major investment after years of neglect.
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