October 19, 2011

Leicester’s City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby is urging people to give their views on future plans for Leicester Marketas part of a four-week consultation which launched on Monday 17th October.

Traders, shoppers and local retailers will be asked for their opinions on how they would like to see the market developed and improved, focusing on options for the future of the indoor market.

Officers will be asking shoppers for their thoughts in the city centre and the market area during October and will be carrying out separate consultation with current market traders.

An online questionnaire will also be available for people to complete in their own time, and to help collect the views of people who don’t currently shop at Leicester Market.

The consultation will gauge public opinion on a range of possible improvements, including an option to demolish the indoor market and relocate the current meat, fish and cheese traders to a new covered location.

Leicester Market is at the very heart of the city centre and is vital to its future,” said Soulsby.

“It’s one of the best markets in the country and has been voted the nation’s favourite for two consecutive years.

“Before we move forward with any proposals we want to gather and understand the views and opinions of people in Leicester. We want to know what shoppers value about the market and we need to listen carefully to current traders.

“We also hope to gather the views of people who don’t use the market to better understand what improvements might encourage them to do so in the future.”

People can complete the surveys in person and ask any questions about the consultation at information stalls in Leicester Market on (October 19th, 20th, 25th and 28th), at Highcross shopping centre (October 22nd and 26th) and at the Clocktower (October 18th and 27th). All sessions run from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

The questionnaire is also available to complete online by clicking here.

The consultation will run until midnight on Sunday 6th November 2011.