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Wakefield market traders consulted over move plan

Wakefield's Market Hall and outdoor market Image copyright SMJ
Image caption The market attracts fewer shoppers than in neighbouring Pontefract and Castleford, according to the council

Traders are to be consulted before a final decision on council plans to knock down Wakefield's market hall and build a cinema.

The authority wants to replace the £3m market, which opened in 2008, and move traders within the Cathedral Precinct.

It said the market was not working as well as was hoped and faced "on-going financial struggles".

The eight-week consultation, agreed by the cabinet, will assess the impact the move would have on traders.

The owners of the nearby Trinity Walk shopping centre, Sovereign Land (Management) Ltd, want to redevelop the site to include a cinema and restaurants.

The building of the market hall and its outdoor market was funded by the original developers of Trinity Walk and the traders have been heavily subsidised since 2008, a council report said.

If the closure is approved, the council wants to relocate the outdoor market into the city's main precinct and nearby Teall Street.

It said traders would have have the opportunity to move to shop units within the city centre.

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