6,000 people sign petition to stop demolition of Wakefield Market

Wakefield Market
Wakefield Market

Thousands more people have signed a petition against plans to demolish Wakefield Market and turn it into a cinema.

More than 6,000 people have now put their name to a campaign by traders to keep the city’s market hall open after Wakefield Council announced plans to close and redevelop the site.

Sovereign Land, one of the owners of the nearby Trinity Walk shopping centre, wants to knock down the market hall and build a multi-screen cinema with restaurant and cafe units.

The outdoor market could be moved to the cathedral precinct. Indoor traders are being invited to move to units elsewhere in the city centre.

Martin Ashby, who runs Martin’s Textiles and has been a market trader in the city for 47 years, said: “We are very pleased with the response from the public. We’ve had thousands of signatures from customers who are bitterly disappointed.”

Council bosses launched an online questionnaire this week as it consults on the plans.

Denise Jeffery, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We want to provide the best solution for both businesses and residents, but cannot do this without people’s views.”

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

The consultation will run from March 1-April 30.