Wakefield Market - councillors to discuss demolition and cinema plan

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Councillors could approve a controversial plan to demolish Wakefield Market to make way for a cinema development at a meeting this morning.

Wakefield Council’s cabinet will discuss a proposal by Sovereign Land, one of the owners of the city’s Trinity Walk shopping centre, to turn the site into a multi-screen cinema with restaurant and cafe units.

A report to the meeting recommends that the council negotiates with the company for the closure, demolition, sale and redevelopment of the site.

The report said the market, which opened in 2008, had struggled to attract enough shoppers and traders, despite rents and licence fees being subsidised by the council.

Indoor traders would share a £100,000 relocation package to help them move to shop units elsewhere in the city centre, and a new outdoor market would be held in the Cathedral precinct and on Teall Street.