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Outdoor market trialled in Wakefield

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.

A one-day trial will be held for a new outdoor market in the Cathedral precinct on Saturday.

The move comes after Wakefield council announced plans to bulldoze the existing indoor and outdoor markets on Union street and turn the site into a multi-screen cinema with shop and cafe units.

Traders are being invited to move into alternative premises in the city centre and a new outdoor market could be set up.

Wakefield Council, which launched a consultation on the future of the market, said 33 traders had signed up for the trial.

They are being offered the stalls free of charge during the trial, which will run from 9am-4pm.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for markets, said: “It is an opportunity for local traders, surrounding shops and customers to gain an idea of what it could be like if the market was moved to the Cathedral precinct and if it could be a viable option.

“On the day we will be asking for feedback from the traders as well as customers and local businesses. The feedback will then be included in a final report about the future of the market, which will be discussed by at a meeting of the council’s cabinet.”

 

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