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Leeds Kirkgate Market Five Year Strategy 2021-2026

Meeting: 17/03/2021 - Executive Board (Item 142)

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To consider the report of the Director of City Development presenting the proposed Kirkgate Market Strategy. The Strategy provides an overview of the market’s special place in Leeds and reflects on the connection that Leeds residents have with the market. It provides details of the market’s current situation, one that shows significant investment and commitment by a range of partners, but also highlights the fact that the market is operating in the most challenging retail environment that the UK has seen for many years.


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The Director of City Development submitted a report which presented the proposed 2021 – 2026 Kirkgate Market Strategy for Members’ consideration. The report and the appended strategy provided details of the market’s current situation, one that showed significant investment and commitment to the market by a range of partners, but also which highlighted the fact that the market was operating in the most challenging retail environment that the UK had seen for many years.


In presenting the submitted strategy and covering report the Executive Member highlighted a number of points including the key role that the market played in Leeds’ city centre offer, the investment which continued to be made to the market’s infrastructure and the ongoing support for traders, which included the provision of a rent discount scheme. Members also received an update on the market’s occupancy levels, and the innovative work being undertaken with the aim of increasing the customer base. Emphasis was also placed upon the flexible approach which was required in order to enable the market to adapt to the challenging retail environment.


Responding to a Member’s enquiries, the Board was provided with details on the collaborative approach which continued to be taken with traders. Also, it was undertaken that the market’s offer would be monitored so that it could be adapted, as appropriate, in response to the evolving retail environment and customer demands and habits. 


In response to a Member’s enquiry regarding the market and the Council’s prudential borrowing, it was noted that a programme of works on the market in 2014/15 had been supported by prudential borrowing. Also, it was noted that the Council’s Capital Programme, as approved by full Council in February 2021, did include provision of £7.17m towards further maintenance works at the market, which would have a borrowing implication. Officers undertook to provide further detail on such matters to the Member in question, however, in conclusion, it was highlighted to the Board that although the Council’s levels of prudential borrowing would have an effect on the Authority’s overall financial position, it had no direct impact upon traders or matters such as rent levels. 


Members discussed and received further information regarding the development of the market in line with the strategy, and ensuring that its offer remained sustainable and inclusive.



(a)  That the content of the Leeds Kirkgate Market Strategy, as appended to the submitted report, be noted; and that the Council’s commitment to Leeds Kirkgate Market be reaffirmed, with the detailed actions contained within the strategy document being agreed, in order to achieve the five year strategy 2021-2026;


(b)  That agreement be given that the strategy must remain flexible throughout this period in order to allow the market service to adapt to the changing nature of retail on the high street and recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic;


(c)  That it be noted that the Chief Officer (Operations) and the Head of Markets will be responsible for the implementation of the actions arising from the Strategy,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 142