January 31, 2012 bbc
Traders at Europe’s largest covered market have expressed concerns over development proposals drawn up for Leeds City Council.
The plans suggest reducing the size of Leeds City Markets in Kirkgate and to ask traders to reapply for tenancies.
Traders claim the process would turn it into an “expensive food hall”. The council said the market had to face-up to changing shopping trends.
The proposals will be considered by the council in February.
The plan, drawn up by market specialists commissioned by the Labour-controlled council, recommends the market’s size be reduced by 25% to 52,000 sq ft (4,831 sq m).
It also suggests the 1970s and 1980s extensions, to the rear of the Victorian building, should be redeveloped.
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