Council discuss Kirkgate Market development

Leeds City Council will discuss the multi-million pound development of Kirkgate Market

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Kirkgate Market decision expected

The final design and cost proposals for the controversial redevelopment of Kirkgate Market in Leeds are expected to be approved this afternoon.

Twelve million pounds is being spent on modernising the shopping area. But some traders fear increased rents will price them out of the market - claims denied by the city council. Work is due to start next year.

Traders' organisation Friends of Kirkgate Market are worried that a new market with higher rents could force traders out, but the City Council say the project will attract more shoppers to the city.

Kirkgate Market debate continues

Traders remain at odds with Leeds City Council over the £12million development of Kirkgate Market.

The Council will today discuss plans to develop the market's current location in the centre of the City and hope the changes will attract more shoppers.

Friends of Kirkgate Market say increased rents in a new building could force traders out.

It's likely that rents will increase and if the rents increase, the cost of the produce will increase and that could mean overtime that people who we see using the market are finding it less easy to use it.

– Julie Badon, Friends of Kirkgate Market

It will still offer the good value to people and will bring more people back in.

– Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council

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