On April 2, Leeds City Council’s executive board gave the go-ahead to the overhaul of Kirkgate Market. Although they understand that there are “concerns” and are trying to talk to tenants “in a meaningful way about allaying risks”, they have to start now so they will be “on target for delivering a refurbished and modernised market to coincide with the opening of John Lewis in 2016”
However, just hours before the meeting traders received a letter announcing long term restrictions on traffic in George Street. George Street is the artery that carries the lifeblood of the market and this is yet another blow to struggling traders.
This follows close on the announcement that the car park opposite the Market is to close on Saturday, which will inconvenience both traders and customers and make it likely that footfall and profits will decrease.
We can only wonder how many stalls will be left when the new improved market opens for the delight of John Lewis customers.