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July 4, 2014


On Wednesday July 2nd Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market made an impassioned deputation speech to the full meeting of Leeds City Council, expressing our concerns around the development of the Eastgate Quarter and the proposed regeneration of the market.

One of the expressed aims of the Council is to reduce poverty in the city and FoLKM displayed a £5 bag of supermarket vegetables compared with a £5 big box of much larger quantities of the same vegetables obtained from the Market for the same amount of money.

FoLKM also expressed concerns about the lack of communication and information on the closure of the Union Street car park, and on how the market traders had lost 40% of their business due to people driving to out-of-town supermarkets instead.

On the same day, by an amazing coincidence, the Council announced a reduction in charges at the multi-storey NCP car park for anyone spending £5 in the market.

So, thanks to the outcry by FoLKM and others, your fiver will not only get you twice the goodies you can buy at the supermarket but £2 off the parking charges as well.

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  1. Kathryn Badon permalink
    July 5, 2014 10:52 am

    Fantastic job done by the FOLKM team – but we need a reduction in rents for traders to compensate for both the car park issues and disruption fir the next 2 years if traders are to survive!

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