25/07/2014 10:30

Rent reductions for market traders

The entrance to Kirkgate market

Rents at Kirkgate Market could be cut by 20 per cent ahead of the £12.3m refurbishment work that will start in early 2015.

The rent reduction, which is subject to approval by the council’s executive board, would last for one year starting from October 2014.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the council’s executive member for transport and economy, said: “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.”

One of the first challenges of the refurbishment will be upgrading the facilities in the Fish and Game row. We want to minimise disruption to our traders so are planning on getting all of the work completed in one go.

This means the Fish and Game row will be temporarily closed for a short period. Affected traders will be offered alternative accommodation for three months in refurbished units on butchers’ row.

Once works are completed, traders will be able to move to the fully revamped area along with their new neighbours from butchers’ row. This will form part of the new integrated fresh produce area in the market.