It should come as no surprise that Leeds City Council, under the pretence of a consultant’s report paid for by the council, propose a 25 per cent reduction in size in the market.
Back in February 1988 the council had plans to create a shopping mall with a Dutch developer MAB (as reported in the YEP Retro, February 20).
Ever since the Eastgate development proposal became a vision of the council it was clear that the market was not in keeping with their modern ideas of the city. Just look at the developments of previous years and the present Trinity project. We are lucky that the ornate Victorian part of the market is protected, as I am sure the market would have been demolished long ago to make way for another modern shopping area.
After all the publicity, debate and meetings over the future of the market, the council development department should be honest and fully transparent with market traders and the general public about their development plans for the whole area surrounding the market.
A traditional market is vital to the citizens of Leeds offering value for money and a great attraction to visitors.
Eric Miles, Leeds