In April to July this year the Council, together with our consultants NPS Group, asked a wide range of people and organisations for their views on how the Council should invest money and resources to improve Kirkgate Market.  Over 3000 people responded. 

This information was used to inform the feasibility study.  The feasibility study has identified the key issues with the current market buildings, site and infrastructure that need to be improved, replaced or re-built in order to meet the Council’s vision for Kirkgate Market. 

Twelve elements that could resolve these issues and contribute towards the vision are explained in ‘The Future of Kirkgate Market’ document  available at www.leedsmarkets.co.uk/strategy/future-kirkgate-market-feedback .  Each element could either be delivered independently or in a number of phases, depending on how much funding is available and what the priorities are agreed to be after this feedback process is complete. 

Kirkgate Market will remain in Leeds City Council ownership and remain open and operated as a market.  To help achieve the Council’s vision for Kirkgate Market to be  the best market in the UK, the management of the market needs to change, together with any changes to the Kirkgate Market building.  There are lots of different ways the market could be managed and these are detailed at  www.leedsmarkets.co.uk/strategy/future-kirkgate-market-feedback

Feedback closes on 14th December 2012.  Please feel free to share this information with any of your constituents.  People can access information on-line, at the Information Stall – Unit 8 in 1976 Hall, at their local library or One Stop Centre or come to one of the public presentation drop-ins on 12th November 2012 at the Leeds Marriott at the following times 10.30 -12.00, 12.30 – 14.00, 14.30 – 16.00 and 18.30 – 20.00.

After we have gathered all the feedback, the Council will do a final check of all the information and evaluate all of the potential changes to the market and the management.  A business case will also be developed to provide justification of the desirability, viability and achievability of each element. This information will then be used to inform a recommendation to the Council’s Executive Board at a meeting in early 2013 so they can make a decision on what happens next.