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Kirkgate Market in Leeds given assurance over future

Kirkgate Market
Traders have raised concerns over rent costs at Kirkgate Market

Leeds council has said it is "fully committed" to safeguarding the future of the city's Kirkgate Market.

The authority said measures such as a £250,000 investment would help ensure it continued to operate.

The assurance comes after concerns that high rent charges were driving stall holders away.

A council spokeswoman said: "We'd like to reassure traders and shoppers that we are fully committed to Kirkgate and its future."

She added that a number of new initiatives were under way, including the opening of a Ministry of Food stall devised by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, in which members of the public can get cooking lessons.

The council said the funding included money for grants and business advice for workers.

Last month traders at the market asked the council to reduce rents on market stalls.

The issue has been referred to the authority's executive committee for further consideration.

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