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Authority looks for £20m partnership to secure future of historic city-centre site

Joanne Ginley
A HISTORIC Leeds market could see major investment for a much-needed makeover if councillors approve ambitious plans for the site.
If backing is given public talks can then begin and efforts can be made to see if developers are interested in partnering Leeds City Council to generate an estimated £20m needed to carry out improvements to Kirkgate Market and secure its future.
Initial talks with traders and local businesses have highlighted the need to improve the visual appearance of the market including replacing trading halls, known as "temporary sheds", built after a fire in 1975, and revamping the market's frontage onto George Street.
Councillor Andrew Carter, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for city development said: "Kirkgate Market
is a valued asset and its future success is of prime importance.
"A development partnership would enable us to widen the scope for the market's future development while, I stress, keeping it under the council's ownership."
Leeds Kirkgate Market was opened on July 1, 1904.
Michael Marks opened his Penny Bazaar in the open market behind the Edwardian hall in 1884, leading to the founding of Marks & Spencer in 1890.
Coun Carter added: "Leeds is a vibrant and attractive city and we are especially proud of its many historical assets like Kirkgate Market.
"We are keen to do all we can to ensure that the market remains as much a success in future years as it has been in the past.
"In order to continue to succeed it is important that the market meets the needs of the modern-day shopper as well as those with more traditional tastes.
"The major development we have planned for the Eastgate and Harewood Quarter will bring a much-needed revitalisation to this part of the city centre and it is vital that the market contributes to the city's future success."
The council, John Lewis and two developers, Hammerson and Town Centre Securities, recently unveiled plans to create a 100-shop retail development in the area near the market.
Developers are proposing to spend around £500m buying the land and transforming an area between Eastgate and Kirkgate Market, where a John Lewis department store will be at the heart of the new Harewood Quarter.
Kirkgate Market has around 200,000 visitors a week, many of whom are attracted by its historic buildings and which recently celebrated their centenary.
However following the fire in 1975 part of the market was devastated and new trading halls were built as a temporary measure.
These are now coming to the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced.
A report, to be considered by members of the authority's executive board on Wednesday, says it may be able to enter into a partnership with a developer to generate the cash needed to improve the market.
The ground floor would still be used for the market, but the authority believes space above the market could be transformed into offices and apartments.
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http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/13m-for-Leeds-markets-area.5892059.jp
£1.3m for Leeds markets area 'survival plan'
08 December 2009

Leeds City Council is applying for a £1.3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve the area surrounding Kirkgate Market around Lower Kirkgate between the market and Warehouse Hill.

A business support scheme to help small, independent council business tenants during the recession will go before council chiefs tomorrow.

The Leeds City Council scheme is aimed at helping tenants in Kirkgate market and other markets, as well as those in estate shops and small council owned industrial units to survive the recession.

It will provide expert business advice and financial help with rents along with loans and grants to those eligible for support.

Council officers will present the scheme to members of the council's executive board who will be asked to approve the plans and to give the go-ahead for £250,000 which will be set aside for the scheme.

Members will also be asked to agree further funding to improve facilities and the overall environment at Kirkgate Market to make it more attractive for new and existing customers.

Suggestions include painting and refurbishing parts of the market and installing new customer rest areas with tables and seating, improved signage and market maps. The maps could be located inside the market and at other places in the city centre such as the train station, to promote the market and ensure that customers can find what they are looking for quickly. Further consultation will be undertaken with the market tenants.

Coun Andrew Carter, leader of the council and executive member responsible for city development, said: "In the current recession, a number of the council's small independent business tenants are facing hardship.

"Some simply need good independent business advice and business planning; others may require rental support, loans or grants.

"The aim of the scheme is to provide financial support and business advice to businesses willing to submit their accounts and agree a business plan with an independent business advisor. Every effort will be made to make this as simple as possible.

A copy of the full Business Support Scheme for the council's small business tenants and investment in Kirkgate Markets is available on the council's website, www.leeds.gov.uk.
 

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What about the car park ? It's a shambles, how they can charge the money they charge, to park on what's best described a waste land, is disgusting...

Surly re-tarmacking the surface would give more spaces, although more entrances and exits are needed as getting out on a market night you could be sat there for hours.
 

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What about the car park ? It's a shambles, how they can charge the money they charge, to park on what's best described a waste land, is disgusting...

Surly re-tarmacking the surface would give more spaces, although more entrances and exits are needed as getting out on a market night you could be sat there for hours.
What exactly would be the point of re-surfacing the Markets Car Park if that land is planned (eventually but who knows when) to be redeveloped for the Eastgate Quarters. Would there be no chance of any sort of phased construction on-top of the Markets car park as opposed to constructing Eastgate in one go as a way of building up this rather neglected end of the city centre (such as building a couple of buildings first perhaps as a de-facto extension of the Victoria Quarter facing towards Harewood Street with Sidney Street closed off to traffic to encourage pedestrian footfall).

As for the Market good news that there at least appears to be something finally done to improve the market although would this lottery funding be enough and would the traders themselves have much of a say in how the market should be improved and to make the market relevant for the 21st century and be seen once again as one of Leeds's assets? Isn't the council still raising rents on market stalls which sort of runs contary to what this plan for a lottery grant is all about?

Isn't there another Market's thread which this thread could merge into considering prior to today's newspaper article the last and only post on this thread is from 2005?
 

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What exactly would be the point of re-surfacing the Markets Car Park if that land is planned (eventually but who knows when) to be redeveloped for the Eastgate Quarters. Would there be no chance of any sort of phased construction on-top of the Markets car park as opposed to constructing Eastgate in one go as a way of building up this rather neglected end of the city centre (such as building a couple of buildings first perhaps as a de-facto extension of the Victoria Quarter facing towards Harewood Street with Sidney Street closed off to traffic to encourage pedestrian footfall).
The fact that it is still a car park and needs to be fit for purpose and, as you say, there is little prospect of this changing any time soon. Phasing, or any other approach, would not seem to be considered viable by the developers given the total lack of activity.
 

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What about the car park ? It's a shambles, how they can charge the money they charge, to park on what's best described a waste land, is disgusting...
It's an embarassment. Laying tarmac behind the Rosebowl has significantly improved that part of town. Eastgate Quarters won't happen for another seven years, if at all, so why not?
 

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Fears over city market's survival prompt launch of campaign

Published Date:
20 April 2010
By Andrew Robinson

STALLHOLDERS fear that Leeds' historic Kirkgate Market may not survive unless urgent action is taken to boost investment and lower their overheads.

Traders have complained that many stalls have closed and they claim that a lack of long-term investment could lead to the market's ultimate closure.

Market traders will present their concerns to a meeting of Leeds Council tomorrow and a public meeting has been called by Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market on Monday, April 26.

Traders are being backed by the trade union GMB, which represents over 7,000 council staff.

GMB organiser Rachel Dix said: "It is a disgrace the way the traders have been treated by the present Tory/Liberal alliance in Leeds; they have plundered the extortionate rents and service charges paid by the traders and given very little back in terms of investment.

"Their lack of involvement is forcing stalls to close and many fear that long-term lack of investment to the fixtures and fittings of the market will lead to its closure and the selling off of valuable city centre land."

Leeds Council says it is working hard to improve the market and reduce the number of empty units, which currently stands at 64.

Traders are due to meet today to discuss a campaign strategy.

Issues that concern the traders include high rents and service charges, the number of empty stalls, the price of nearby parking and an alleged lack of investment causing the area to feel "run down".

Liz Laughton, of fishmonger R Bethells, said: "We want the market to survive. To do that it has to improve while retaining its character and purpose.

"The market has got to remain affordable and culturally diverse. Many people need the products that only the market stalls are able to provide at prices that they can afford. In order to maintain this service we need fair rents and a say in how the market is run."

Members of the campaign group Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market also fear that the market's future is in jeopardy.

A public meeting on Monday April 26 – from 5.30pm – at Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds, will launch the campaign.

Speakers will include Liz Laughton and representatives from Leeds Civic Trust and Friends of Queens Market, London.

The Friends is made up of market shoppers and includes lecturers at Leeds University among its leading lights. The Friends has just set up a Facebook site and has already attracted 71 supporters from the Leeds public.

Yesterday a spokeswoman for Leeds Council said the market had seen a drop in the number of empty units in the last year and money was being spent to take it forward.

She said: "The market has continued to grow in the past 12 months, and with £250,000 of capital funding having been made available over the next two years to undertake customer improvement on the market, it will continue to grow and improve.

"Our market service works very closely with the Leeds market traders both on an individual basis and collectively via the recently-formed Leeds branch of the National Market Traders Federation, who meet with market management on a regular basis.

"Traders views are being sought for the future improvements of the market, with regular meetings with the various parts of the market being conducted.

"At present there are 64 void units, five of which of these are in negotiations to let to new stall holders. We have seen a decrease in the number of void units in the last 12 months, and hope to see this continue over the next year."
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Folks, sorry if this has been published here already but I just spotted this piece on the Leeds Initiative website:

Ministry of Food to come to Leeds

He's the celebrity chef who has made it his mission to bring healthy food to the masses. Now Jamie Oliver's latest Ministry of Food project is set to open in Leeds. It will be the third of the schemes which provide cookery courses, teaching people how to make healthy, balanced meals in a bid to tackle the nation's obesity crisis. It is estimated diseases related to people being overweight or obese will cost the NHS in Leeds £204.9m this year.

The city's Ministry of Food will be in Leeds Kirkgate Market – the first to be based in a market. Other schemes in Rotherham and Bradford offer morning and afternoon cooking lessons with a lunchtime cooking demonstration. A similar timetable may be developed in Leeds. Ten-week cookery courses will be delivered by staff trained by Jamie Oliver's team in a specially developed kitchen. Courses start with how to boil an egg and end with how to make the perfect Sunday roast. By using ingredients bought from the market, it is hoped participants will then pass on what they've learned to family and friends. This was a key part of the way Jamie taught cookery skills to the people of Rotherham through his TV series Jamie's Ministry of Food.

NHS Leeds and Leeds City Council have teamed up to create the facility, which will also provide a 'Health Point' to give health and lifestyle advice.Emma Croft, obesity, food and physical activity lead at NHS Leeds, said: "I am delighted the Ministry of Food project is coming to Leeds. It will be a great addition to the city, the market and all those that use it."Ministry of Food is all about getting people cooking again and to show that anyone can learn to cook healthy and nutritious meals on a budget."All the recipes demonstrated on site will use produce mostly bought from stalls in the market."This will support the sustainability of Kirkgate Market and ensure that people on the cookery courses can get everything they need to make the same meals at home."Coun Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds City Council and executive member responsible for Kirkgate Market, added: "This is a fantastic initiative which will be a great boost to Kirkgate Market."Everyone who shops there knows that the market sells some of the freshest and most varied food at the lowest prices."I am sure the market will extend a warm welcome to the Ministry of Food when it arrives in summer and that the project will be a huge success."
 

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Business: 'Bizaar' event at Leeds Market
26 October 2010

Budding entrepreneurs now have a market for their bright business ideas, thanks to a new initiative launched in Leeds.

The Bizaar Quarter in Kirkgate Market has eight stalls available at reduced rents for anyone wanting to trial an idea or product for 12 weeks.

Businesses support will also be offered by the market team.

The new quarter builds on the successful How Bizaar stall, which was launched last year and is managed by Urban Biz, a social enterprise working to provide people with business and employment opportunities.

How Bizaar has helped more than 40 businesses test trade on the stall, three times the target set at the beginning of the scheme.

Entrepreneurs of all ages have showcased a range of products from retro vintage fashion to Swedish empathy dolls.

Leeds Central Labour MP Hilary Benn cut a ribbon to officially open the new quarter.

Coun Richard Lewis, the council's deputy leader, said: "The Bizaar Quarter is a fantastic addition to the market and will allow more budding businesses the opportunity to bring new and eclectic product ranges to the market."
 

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Heard there was a fire some 20 years ago in the Kirkgate market, this I heard from a man in Nottingham when I told him im from Yorkshire. Someone care to elaborate on the damage caused and if it was fully rectified??? This was before I was born btw.

I like markets, but Leeds could do a lot better markets wise and charge less for parking opposite the markets, but on a purely profitable nature I dont see that happening this century. The green chippy on the outside of the markets does a good fish and chips, but "extortion" is what the chippy should be called for the prices. Never come across a chippy charge so much without a seating area.
 

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It could do a lot better yes, although I don't think we should beat ourselves up about this too much. Leeds is already leagues ahead of Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield and Liverpool when it comes to markets.
 

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The green chippy on the outside of the markets does a good fish and chips, but "extortion" is what the chippy should be called for the prices. Never come across a chippy charge so much without a seating area.
It's called Graveley's and I'm pretty sure they charge a pretty standard sort of price for fish and chips (circa £5.00). They're damn good fish and chips too.
 

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It's called Graveley's and I'm pretty sure they charge a pretty standard sort of price for fish and chips (circa £5.00). They're damn good fish and chips too.
Nash's do Fish and Chips for £4.30, I'd have assumed Graveleys was cheaper. There's another chippy of suspect quality on the other side of the market doing them for around £3.50.
 

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No where in Leeds does better fish and chips than the Trawler in drighlington up the A58.

Honestly, it's like whale and chips, very crispy, chips are just right...

You'll go back once you've been.
 

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I find West and North Yorkshire in general are very, very good for fish and chips, in fact, it's rare I come across anywhere that does them particularly badly (and most seem to have won some kind of award - spurious though it seems). Ironically Harry Ramsdens is probably one of the main offenders for awfulness - small fish, leathery batter, dry chips. Murgatroyds on the other hand - almost unbeatable. Unfortunately, the south and their non lard frying tendencies tend to get it all very, very wrong, plus, I just don't rate cod as highly.
 
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