Market traders move to Ridings is delayed

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Wakefield’s indoor market traders could be forced to wait until the summer before they move into The Ridings shopping centre.

Wakefield Council approved the sale of the market on Union Street to the owners of Trinity Walk shopping centre last year.

Sovereign Land (Management) Limited proposed to turn the building into a multi-screen cinema with shops and restaurants.

And as part of the plans the stallholders would move into the shopping centre.

But despite some traders having already left the market, the move has now been delayed.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for economic growth and skills, said: “We are expecting an application for the cinema in due course but as it stands it is business as usual for the market.

“We put our proposal to The Ridings and there have been some alterations to the costs of refurbishing the space where the traders will go.

“It has been delayed later than we thought so we think it is going to be the summer until the traders move.”

The council agreed to sell the market because it said it had “underperformed” and lost £193,000 in 2013.

The proposals were initially met with opposition and a petition was signed by more than 10,000 people.

But the council said the move into the shopping centre would create a “bespoke indoor market” like those found at Sheffield’s Crystal Peaks and Victoria Centre in Nottingham.

It also said it would “improve the vibrancy and viability of the city centre”.

The market, designed by architect David Adjaye, was part of the major regeneration of the city, which included Merchant Gate, the Waterfront and The Hepworth.

The market hall building and its outdoor market was funded by the developers of Trinity Walk at a cost of £3m.

A council report said selling the land and moving the markets would give the council a net capital receipt of £630,000.