New Year Rent Reduction for Outside Traders
A Happy New Year to the outside market traders who will now have their rent reduced by 20 percent from today after the management climbed down from their original decision of telling the traders “You know what to do if you don’t like it”. The outdoor traders have suffered as much as everyone else from the car parking fiasco and also have had to put up with the constant noise and dust from the Victoria Gate building works. In September they petitioned for a rent reduction; it was falling on deaf ears but as FOLKM drew attention to the difficulties Councillors have responded.
Interestingly, the YEP article also mentions that “Council market bosses have held regular meetings with lobbying group FOLKM (Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market) to discuss concerns.” They have in fact met with us just once, but we are pleased they have committment to regular meetings as we go into the New Year given the imminent evictions, the 1976 Hall in disarray, and no clear decision on the board being set up to represent traders and the public.
FOLKM will continue to lobby MPs, including Eric Pickles, to avoid long-term traders leaving the market.