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Anger at Wakefield Market consultation as 8,000 sign petition

Wakefield Market could be knocked down and turned into a cinema, with traders offered a 3-day a week outdoor market on the precinct near the Cathedral and up Teall street.

Wakefield Market could be knocked down and turned into a cinema, with traders offered a 3-day a week outdoor market on the precinct near the Cathedral and up Teall street.

Stall holders have criticised a consultation on the future of Wakefield Market saying it discriminated against people who don’t have internet access.

Wakefield Council has started an online questionnaire for people to give their views on a redevelopment proposal which would see the site converted into a multi-screen cinema with shops and cafe units.

Almost 8,000 people have signed a petition against the plan by Sovereign Land, one of the owners of the nearby Trinity Walk shopping centre.

Stall holder Carol Feather said: “A lot of our customers don’t have computers and would find it really hard to take part in the questionnaire.

“The market is an important meeting place for a lot of older people and the council is not giving them the respect they deserve.”

“Thousands of people have signed our petition and we hope the council will take that into account. People are welcome to come to the market an sign our petition if the want to keep it going.”

Wakefield Council’s Lisa Dodd-Mayne said: “The online survey is only a part of the consultation on the Wakefield Market proposals.

“We are also carrying out additional face-to-face surveys, where interviewers will be asking people across Wakefield for their views.”

To fill in the questionnaire log on to www.wakefield.gov.uk/wakefieldmarket

 

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