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2018! SERVING THE NATION’S TRADERS SINCE 1922 JANUARY 5 - 18, 2018 Delay hitting trade

It was reported last month that beleaguered retailers in a West Yorkshire city centre are questioning delays to a multi-million pound market hall redevelopment, saying they face closure because of tumbling profits. In February it will be four

years since Wakefield Council announced that the city’s new purpose-built but struggling market hall would close, to be replaced by a cinema and chain restaurant complex. Many of the hall’s market

traders have long since moved out, but the cinema scheme is not yet underway as planning permission for the site has still not been secured. Now shop owners on the

city’s Northgate say that with the market almost gone, takings have plummeted due to a lack of passing trade, and they are questioning why the council began asking market traders to leave before the plans had even been finalised. With Lloyds Pharmacy due

to shut this month because of cutbacks, there are concerns that other businesses could quickly follow. Julie Firth, who runs a cafe

and restaurant adjacent to the site, told local media that since the initial announcement in 2014 she has lost tens of thousands of pounds a year. She said: “We’ve had a massive drop in footfall, we are all suffering and we’re all waiting for this development.

“It would be competition but

at least it would bring people down here. I don’t know how much longer we can hold on. If we’re still here in six months’ time, it would be a miracle.” Mohammed Azeem, who

runs a convenience store said: “We are struggling to make ends meet, we just don’t get people around here anymore. With no market or anything taking its place at the moment, it’s killed it off. “We just don’t know where

we are with the market hall, I can’t see a future here to be honest.” Rizwan Neki , whose

newsagent occupies the only remaining external unit of the hall still in use, added: “I’m only surviving because of my regular customers, but I can’t continue like it is.” Zena Walker, who has a DIY

business opposite the hall, likened the loss of footfall in the area to “rats deserting a sinking ship”. A handful of traders are

still operating in the market hall, and are still waiting to be served the six-month notices to leave which Wakefield Council is legally bound to provide. Despite the hall being

largely empty, the heating and lighting is still running daily at an ongoing cost to the council.

Criticism The £3m market hall opened

Traders at Bolton Market worked on Christmas Eve

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Wakefield market hall, still waiting for planning permission to become a cinema and restaurant complex

in 2008, but the award winning building designed by David Adjaye met with criticism from the outset. In 2009 a meeting of the

council’s economic growth overview and scrut iny committee was told the building “should be torn down – and should never have been built in the first place”.

Committee member Janice

Haigh said the layout was wrong, adding that “a crane with one of those demolition balls” would be one way to improve it.

Also that same year of

a team of consultants was hired by Wakefield Council to help eliminate ‘design flaws’ at the market. Pr o b l ems i n c l u d e d

s ubs t a nda rd pa v i ng, inadequate drainage in the food hall and the layout. Wakef i eld Council ’ s

Andrew Wallhead, corporate director for regeneration, told local media the authority was “confident” that the issue with the planning application would be resolved shortly. He said: “Del iver ing major developments like

Fakes found on market

Suspected fake Liverpool FC and Disney merchandise was seized from Birkenhead Market in a crackdown on counterfeit goods. T r a d i n g St a n d a r d s

officers swooped on stalls in December after reports that imitation products were on sale, including items bearing the logos of Premier League football clubs, Marvel

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Superheroes and Disney characters. The operation was carried

out jointly with Merseyside Police and brand protection officers. Cllr Phillip Brightmore, Wirral

Council Cabinet member for Environment, told local media: “Counterfeit products can defraud the customer along with damaging and weakening a brand’s reputation. “Such products can put

customer safety at risk as they are not tested to high UK standards. “The supply of counterfeit

goods can also be linked to serious, organised crime and the funding of illegal operations. This is not a victimless crime. “Wirral Council will support

legitimate businesses and protect consumers by taking robust action against the suppliers of counterfeit goods and those who seek to sell them.” Stalls were reportedly

sealed off with police tape while officers investigated the products on sale. Other i tems seized included clocks, wal l paint ings

and UFC merchandise. Trading Standards officers

have warned that cheap clothing and products might seem harmless but are likely to be low quality goods and/ or unsafe. Wirral Council announced

last month that it plans to take full control of Birkenhead Market by purchasing the leasehold of the site. The authority already owns

the building in which the market operates, and buying the leasehold will give it full control over the 150 year-old market.

this are a lengthy process. “The council, like many

of the local businesses, are keen to see this project progress and look forward to the proposed development, boost ing both the day and the night-time family economy.”

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