“It’s vital that we get this right”
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”.
Dear Councillor XxxxxxxI 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.