Everyone is talking about Kirkgate Market
If we have still not seen decisive action from Leeds City Council to improve the Market at least people in Leeds are starting to talk about its future and get interested in how to support it. Guardian Leeds blog has been reporting extensively on the Market and on the Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market campaign. The local newspapers Yorkshire Evening Post and the Yorkshire Post have been following the campaign and so has BBC radio Leeds, where on Monday 17th of May 3 Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market were interviewed. You can listen to this here for few days (click around 32 mins). On Friday the 21st of May BBC Radio Leeds was live at the Market talking to traders and customers, comparing prices with supermarkets abd talking about recent investment (listen here for few days from minute 10 approx). Nationally, The Market Trader and Independent Retailer newspaper has also reported on the Market and the campaign as well as the National Market Traders Federation news. We have over 300 fans on our facebook page and over 1,000 signatures for the Market petition available here or from stall holders at the market.
The Council is running a business support scheme funded by 250,000 and will spend further 250,000 over two years on yet undefined investment in consultation with Traders. This is good news but what we are concerned is that at the moment the Management is having to look around for money to invest in the Market as a response to Traders concerns rather than actually having in place a long term strategy with planned investment. As we know the Market makes a profit so some of this could be ringfenced for its improvement. The appointment of a new day to day Manager is also still up in the air.
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