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Rent reduction proposed for Kirkgate Market traders

Traders at Leeds' Kirkgate Market are to be given a 20 per cent rent reduction to ease the impact of renovation work.

Kirkgate Market traders set for rent reduction
Kirkgate Market traders set for rent reduction

The city council are investing £12.3 million in the refurbishment of the historical market which will cause areas of the centre to be closed.

The rent reduction is yet to be approved by the council's executive board but would begin in October 2014 and last for a year.

Traders on the fish and game row will be offered temporary stalls on Butcher's Row while work in their area is carried out.

The market’s Victorian drainage is being replaced, ventilation will be improved and the sprinkler system and electrics upgraded in the redevelopment.

While this is one of the most exciting developments at Kirkgate Market for many years, we know it’s going to be a challenge. As well as being about the refurbishment of a much loved Leeds landmark, it’s also about people and their livelihoods and the long-term commercial success of the market. We’re determined to find the right balance that allows businesses to trade while working on the fabric of the building and keeping the long-term goal in mind. We’re listening to traders’ concerns, both in respect of changes already experienced and what is yet to come, and that is why we’re proposing a year-long cut to rents.

– Cllr Richard Lewis

Miners left reeling after pit buyout collapses

For four months the six-hundred miners at Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire have been working as one to try to save the pit by buying it themselves.

But last night the workers buyout was shelved after they were told they would have to take on the debts of the doomed Thoresby colliery in North Nottinghamshire.

They say they were kept in the dark about this.

Tina Gelder reports:

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Deal collapse sparks war of words

A bitter war of words has broken out after the collapse of a workers' buyout of Kellingley Colliery.

The NUM says the men at Kellingley were shocked to be told they would have to take on the debts of Thoresby Colliery in North Nottinghamshire which is also facing closure.

But UK Coal has accused the union of misleading the miners about the full implications of a buyout:

Yorkshire MP visits Kellingley miners

The MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford has visited miners at Kellingley Colliery following news that their buyout of the pit had been scrapped.

Yvette Cooper MP meets miners at Kellingley
Yvette Cooper MP meets miners at Kellingley

Yvette Cooper MP is expected to speak to miners gathered outside the colliery and take part in a question and answer session.

The deal reportedly fell through after Kellingley miners were asked to take on the £8 million debts of the nearby Thoresby mine, which is also set to close.

Miners gather at Kellingley after buyout deal falls through
Miners gather at Kellingley after buyout deal falls through

NUM chief on failed Kellingley buyout

"We don't need to make millions but we need to make some money for a rainy day but this latest cost just cripples the plan. As it stands the pit will close in December 2015. "We have done our best. It's not worked out but we have done our best. If I had not done everything I could I would have questioned it for the rest of my life."

– Keith Hartshorne NUM
The miners' buyout of Kellingley Colliery has been scrapped
The miners' buyout of Kellingley Colliery has been scrapped Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Miners buyout of Kellingley Colliery collapses

A buyout of Kellingley Colliery by the miners has been scrapped.

The miners buyout of Kellingley Colliery has been shelved
The miners buyout of Kellingley Colliery has collapsed Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The National Union of Mineworkers had been working on a deal which would have seen workers invest £2,000 each to keep the pit open until 2020.

But letters went out today from the NUM telling miners that the deal would not not raise enough money to secure the site's future.

The NUM says they were being asked to take on the £8 million debts of the doomed North Nottinghamshire Thoresby pit.

Today's news means Kellingley will close in December 2015. More details are expected to be released by the NUM and UK Coal tomorrow.

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Housing charity finding more people struggling to pay for homes

A housing charity says it has seen a 76 per-cent rise in calls from people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire who are struggling to pay for their homes.

Shelter says it spoke to more than 600 people asking for advice after struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, or going into debt because of their housing costs.

Nadeem Kahn from the charity says it is a recurring theme:

Increase in people unable to afford mortgage and rent

The number of people across our region struggling to pay their rent or mortgage has soared by almost twenty per cent over the last year, according to housing and homeless charity Shelter. Last year hundreds of people across the region called Shelter's helpline because they were finding it difficult to pay for their homes.

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The number of people struggling has gone up by 20 percent Credit: PA

On their marks for Leeds Run For All

Runners in the Leeds Run For All
Runners in the Leeds 10K run For All Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Thousands of runners are on their marks and all set to take part in one of the North's top charity runs. Up to 10,000 people are expected to take part in the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K - the flagship 10K event of organisers Jane Tomlinson's Run For All - today. It begins near the Grand Arcade in Vicar Lane.

Argos workers strike may hit catalogue launch

Warehouse staff at Argos in Castleford will join colleagues from across the country in a week-long strike over terms and conditions which the unions claim will mean increased weekend working, adversely impacting on family life.

The walkout by about 1,000 warehouse staff will affect the twice-yearly launch of the Argos catalogue

The strike, which starts at 6am today will end at the same time next Saturday.

Unite, the country's largest union which represents Argos warehouse staff, predicts that customers anticipating the new Argos catalogue - due to be launched on 26 July - will have their deliveries severely disrupted because of the aftermath of the strike.

The workers held 24 hour strikes on 15 June and 4 July - and Unite disputed the company's contention that because the majority of the workforce had signed the new contracts, this undermined the industrial action.

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