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Come to support Kirkgate Market on Wednesday 2nd July @ 1.30 Civic Hall

July 1, 2014

Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market will be addressing all Leeds City Councillors on Wednesday 2nd of July at 1.30. This is an open meeting to the public so please come to support your Market. The meeting will be at the Civic Hall.

FOLKM will present a “community deputation” in front of the 99 Councillors to raise alarm over some very important issues:

  • The negative impact of the construction work of the Victoria Gate shopping centre which is costing traders a lot of trade
  • The importance of Kirkgate Market for everybody in Leeds but most importantly those in lower incomes
  • Lack of consideration of equality and diversity issues in the future redevelopment plans for the Market
  • Massive gulf between the picture painted by the management and the reality felt by traders on the ground. See an example here.

8 months ago, in November,  FOLKM addressed all councillors but we don’t feel there has been any progress on the issues we raised and indeed things have got worse. This is the last chance to stop and think before the big disruption that the plans for the future of the Market will bring. The so called redevelopment plans will mean the end of many traders’ businesses. Many will be “permanently displaced” (Market managers’ own words) and a lot of them won’t survive the likely new higher rents and disruption from the Victoria Gate shopping centre construction. FOLKM has repeatedly said that we welcome well spent investment in the Market but the current mega plans are  not shared by many traders or customers

You can  read our speech from our last deputation here

Here is the information of the meeting. It will be item 4, around 1.30

See you there.

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  1. July 3, 2014 9:53 am

    Surely the upcoming Kirkgate Market Management Board election provides a perfect opportunity for the tenants and traders to make a difference and get involved in future decisions about the management of the market. The election is an historic step forward and will give the tenants and traders a democratic process and an official platform for representation. It is important that all traders and tenants who believe in changing things at the market nominate themselves for the election. It is the perfect chance to get involved. UK Engage is handling the process, we are taking nominations for Board member candidates until next Friday, 11th July 2014.

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