Public exhibition for Kirkgate Market refurbishment proposals

Caption: How the new indoor daily market at Kirkgate Market could look.

Plans for the refurbishment of Leeds’ leading market go on display for the public next week.

On Tuesday 22 April the public are being invited to comment on the proposed changes to Kirkgate Market.

Images showing how the market could look, new layout and the work needed to secure the future of the market will be on display at a special exhibition outside the customer services lounge at Trinity Leeds between 10am and 4pm.

Members of the design team and council’s project team will be at the exhibition to take people - some of whom might not usually shop at the market - through the changes, help them answer a short questionnaire and highlight what the market has to offer.

Earlier this month, the council’s executive board gave the green light for the multi-million pound refurbishment project which will secure the markets future. The approval paves the way for a planning application to be submitted along with listed building consent.

Last week, members of the city plans panel were also asked to comment on details of the £12.3 million refurbishment in a pre-application presentation. Further consultation with traders and the public will take place through the planning process.

The planned investment will ensure that the iconic and much loved market will remain a key feature in Leeds’ retail offering for decades.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for development and economy, said:

“When we’ve consulted on the proposals for the market previously we’ve had a fantastic response. This is another opportunity for people to have their say on the current proposals and I’d encourage people to call in to the exhibit on 22 April or have their say online.”

As well as the public exhibition at Trinity, people can comment on the design proposals online from 22 April on Talking Point. The plans will also be available at www.leedsmarkets.co.uk/strategy.

Posters about the exhibition are being displayed in all council libraries to make sure people attend the exhibition or view plans online and fill in the questionnaire.

The plans and images will be put on display in the market after the consultation event.

For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk