A public consultation on controversial plans to bulldoze Wakefield Market to make way for a cinema has closed.
Council bosses launched the consultation after being approached by the owners of the Trinity Walk shopping centre, who want to turn the market site into a multi-screen cinema with shop and cafe units.
The council is inviting traders to move to alternative premises in the city, and held a one-day trial of a new outdoor market in the Cathedral precinct on Saturday.
Andy Wallhead, the council’s corporate director for regeneration and economic growth, said: “The outdoor trial was a significant success. Both traders and shoppers expressed views on how well it was received. This will be fed into the consultation.”
An online questionnaire was set up to gather people’s views on the cinema plan as part of the consultation, which closed on April 30, before Wakefield Council’s cabinet considers the future of the Union Street market.
Traders launched a petition against the plan which has so far been signed by more than 10,000 people.
Mr Wallhead added: “We will carefully consider the feedback from the consultation and continue working with traders as we prepare the recommendations for cabinet.
“It is expected that a decision will be made in the summer.”