Decision day looming for Kirkgate Market
A FINAL DECISION on the future of Kirkgate Market IS just round the corner so now is the time to make our voices heard. On March 13th council decision makers will set the course for the future of the ‘people’s market’ but which direction and who it will benefit is still hanging in the balance.We have previoulsy reported the market was threatened with a big reduction in size as well as the private sector gaining control in the market. These options are still on the table.
Following a lengthy and expensive consultation, councillors will consider a range of options from investment in long overdue repairs (something this campaign would welcome) to huge private investment which would see rents go up, pricing out many existing traders and customers. And despite a shocking lack of consultation on the key issue of who will manage the market – councillors will also decide how the market will be owned and controlled.
FoLKM think whatever decision is made – councillors must commit to these common sense principles.
- The market is not just a business but a social, public, community and historical asset.
- The market is and should be a place for everyone where the poorest can afford to shop and trade
- There must be absolute transparency and openness in all issues relating to the market and its finances
- The expertise and experience of market traders must be integral to any new management and decision making structures.
- A percentage of the market’s annual profit profit should be reinvested to ensure its sustainability. The market should be for independent, local businesses retaining a traditional atmosphere rather than yet another market for corporate, sanitised businesses.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Don’t let them get away with ignoring what you value and want to see protected in your market. Lobby your councillor, MP and write to members of the Executive Board making the decision – Model letters and how to find your councillor here