Have your say on shock Leicester Market regeneration news

The gateway to Leicester Market
-Credit: (Image: Leicester Mercury)

Have your say on the news that plans to regenerate Leicester Market have been paused by the city mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, in our latest poll. Revealed in a press meeting on Wednesday this week (May 23), Sir Peter said the regeneration was paused as the demolition of the market roof had revealed the “huge potential” of the space formerly occupied by the stalls and opened up views of the heritage buildings lining the square.

Traders said they felt betrayed by the news and accused Sir Peter of stabbing them in the back. The city mayor said the revelation had prompted questions over whether installing a new covered market in the square “would be the right thing to do”.

Instead, the market place could be left empty to be used as an open space which could host festivals and specialist markets, celebrations such as the recent Leicester City Football Club parade and generally serve as “an important meeting place at the heart of the city centre.”

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Early artist's impression of what the Cank Street link market could look like
Early artist's impression of what the Cank Street link market could look like -Credit:Leicester City Council

Traders moved into Green Dragon Square in December with promises they would be back in their historic home by the end of this year. They told LeicestershireLive at the time that they were not fully convinced the plan for the new-look market would come to fruition.

A number of ideas about an alternative home for the market have been floated by the council, including in the space on Cank Street following the demolition of 12 to 20 Market Place. The traders remaining in Green Dragon Square is also a possibility, Sir Peter said.

Have your say on what you think should be done in our below poll. Should the market move back to its historic home? Is the Cank Street proposal a good idea? What about keeping the traders in Green Dragon Square?