Leeds Kirkgate Market, having existed in one form or another since 1822, is likely enter a brand new era within the next couple of years. A £12.3m makeover plan is to be submitted to the City Plans Panel this week. Council bosses have already signed off the key funding.
Although the plans are widely considered to be a positive step by Leeds City Council, there is concern among traders, as the construction work naturally means they will have to relocate, and potentially lose out if there are unable to find a suitable alternative.
However, the markets manager, as well as the council, insist that the development will be worth it in the long term. Coun Stewart Golton, said, “This is a very much needed investment in the very fabric of the building. Traders will see their takings up just from curiosity, because there is a whole new generation that have never even been in the market. This refit will give it a renaissance for those people who have yet to enjoy its benefits.”
The plans include new roof coverings and a new ‘market village’. It will have extended opening hours, and, it is hoped, will entice younger shoppers.
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