Truth and Lies
Let The Consultation Begin!
This week saw the launch of the council’s consultation on the future of the market.
For the next four weeks we are being asked to answer a questionnaire on how much we use the market, how much we spend there and what we like and don’t like about the market. Without being asked any direct questions about the five proposals for the market which are part of the feasibility study – this consultation will then shape the ‘scope and vision’ for the future of the market.
In the latest newsletter to kirkgate traders, it is clear that the council are falling over themselves to explain how fair, impartial and “objective” this consultation will be – with the council maintaining and objective distance while Architecture and Design experts NPS (Norfolk Property Services) take the lead in running the consultation.
But – straight out of the gate we have a question about the people who are doing this piece of work.
Norfolk Property Services (Leeds) – Are they…
a) completely independent facilitators who “have assembled a team of specialists” with absolutely no relationship with the council “to ensure objectivity”?
b) a joint venture company set up just three months ago with Leeds City Council – who transferred 28 “specialists” from the council to NPS.
Pictured signing the contract with NPS is Christine Addison (Member of Kirkgate Project Board – and Coun Richard Lewis
Welcome to ‘Truth and Lies’ where we provide the most reliable, up to date and accurate information about the Market so that you can judge for yourselves what is true and what is false in the heated debates over the Market’s future. We are extremely concerned about the way in which certain ‘opinions’ and dubious claims – about the Market’s size, condition, rental levels, investment history and health – are presented by the Council and the media as ‘facts’, which are then used to force certain agendas through. So we are now taking the trouble of commenting on all the Council’s documents and data about the Market that we have collected in order to highlight what is ‘true’ and what is ‘false’. Click on the links below.