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“It’s vital that we get this right”

March 30, 2014

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Councillor Richard Lewis said to the local newspaper that they are “proposing a major investment in an iconic listed building with significant local importance attached to it, so it’s vital that we get this right”.

 
But we think that the plans that are set to be approved this week – quickly followed by a planning application – are getting it desperately wrong. Everyone agrees that the market needs investment and that fixing the basics are a priority but these plans will see trader evictions, huge disruption and existing customers priced out of Kirkgate Market.
 
If you are also concerned please get in touch with Executive Board Councillors BEFORE Wednesday April 2nd and let them know what you think about what they are doing and the way that they are doing it. 
 
Here is a sample letter to give you some ideas:
 
Dear Councillor Xxxxxxx
I am aware that detailed plans for the major overhaul of the Market are finally out and will be discussed at the next Leeds City Council Executive Board on April the 2nd.
Whilst Councillor Richard Lewis said to the local newspaper that LCC are “proposing a major investment in an iconic listed building with significant local importance attached to it, so it’s vital that we get this right” – the plans that are set to be approved this week are not well thought through and have little support, if any, from traders and the public. The plans will be quickly followed by a planning application and whilst everyone agrees that the market needs investment and that fixing the basics are a priority it should not be at the expense of trader evictions, huge disruption for all and seeing existing customers priced out of Kirkgate Market. Neither does that fit with Leeds City Council’s policy for the city.
Therefore we urge the executive board to reject the proposal on the following key grounds:

  • Lack of consultation with traders
  • Failure to take into consideration the impact of the plans under the Public Sector Equality Duty as required in law
  • Lack of openness and transparency on the proposed changes
  • Frustration of the process – through poor consultations, divisive handling of traders, and lack of information available on the websites
  • It is also disappointing that all of this is being pushed through before the market management board has been set up. This is an important issue, particularly for the poorer communities in Leeds, and I would ask for your support in this matter.

Yours
Xxxxxxxx

GET INVOLVED
 
As you can see we are about to embark on a phase of more activities as these proposals move ahead and seek planning applications, trader disruption, legal challenges, etc. At this point we are going to need as much help as possible from more people. If you’d like to help in any way and have any area of expertise or interest, (legal, artistic, fundraising, design, writing, social media, planning) please get in touch.
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