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Lobby your councillor/MP to protect the market ahead of the most important decision in decades.

February 25, 2013

Leeds City Council is discussing the biggest changes to the future of Kirkgate Market in decades on the 13th of March. The options for redevelopment include changes that will affect negatively those poorest in the community and could change the character of our market such as reducing its size, bringing in private developers and evicting traders.

What can you do?

  • Write to your councillor and MP. They can put pressure on the Executive Board to make the right decision.
  • To find out who your local councillor is, their address and surgery times click here, for your MP see here. Write also directly to members of the Executive Board.
  • We have provided a SHORT MODEL LETTER/EMAIL BELOW that you can use to communicate with them. We also have a longer letter with more contextual information here.
  • Talk to other friends, forward this message.
  • Shop at the market and talk to traders
  • write letters to the local newspapers. YEP: yep.newsdesk@ypn.co.uk; YP: yp.newsdesk@ypn.co.uk; Guardian Northener: northerner@guardian.co.uk
  • for more information, to join our email list write here: friendsofkirkgatemarket@gmail.com
  • Let us know if you get a response.

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MODEL LETTER
[Date] –Insert your name and address and ask to be sent to your local Councillor

Re: Kirkgate Market redevelopment and Consultation

I am writing to you regarding an important decision that the Executive Board are due to make in March 2013 on the future of Kirkgate Market.

In any decision made , the Executive Board should respect the following principles:

1.  The market is not just a business but a social, public, community and historical asset.

2. The market is, and should remain, a place for everyone. Somewhere that the poorest can afford to shop and trade.

3. There must be absolute transparency and openness in all issues relating to the market and its finances

4. The expertise and experience of market traders must be integral to any new management and decision making structures.

5.  A percentage of the market’s annual profit should always  be reinvested to ensure its on-going sustainability.

6.  The market should be for independent, local businesses retaining a traditional atmosphere rather than yet another market for corporate, sanitised businesses.

7. The most important point of all is recognising that the market is essential to many people in Leeds and surrounding district, as a vital source of cheap fruit, vegetables and fish and meat produce as well as reasonably priced materials, underwear and sundries. In times of austerity this is more important than ever. So these proposed changes WILL affect the most vulnerable people across the city.

As my locally elective I ask that you make these points clear.

Yours Sincerely
[SIGN]

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2013 9:03 pm

    Reblogged this on What Can I Do About It?.

  2. March 4, 2013 9:49 pm

    Adam Ogilvie and David Congreve – councillors for Beeston & Holbeck – have pledged their support for the principles and “hope you will see them reflected in the Executive Board discussions”. I’m hopeful that Angela Gabriel will echo Adam and David’s comments in due course.

    • March 5, 2013 10:32 am

      Angela Gabriel says, “I full support Adam’s comments. The council is very much wanting a successful market for the people of leeds. As someone who worked in the market for many years I full support it”.

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