Monday, 10 December 2007

Send your views to ZURICH

Zurich Assurance is a multi-billion insurance company with interests in 170 countries! The Corn Exchange is part of a property portfolio of one of Zurich’s pension funds. This fund is managed by Threadneedle Asset Management who in turn employs Phoenix Beard to manage the building. Their role is to maximise profit not preserve the character of a community asset. Let them know what you think!

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I have heard what the intended plans are for the corn exchange and I must admit I am really very sad at what is happening. I like change (Leeds is such a changing and developing city who couldn't) however I feel that changing the corn exchange would be such a mistake!

The Corn Exchange is a Public Building, an architectural icon and forms part of the history of Leeds. It is also one of the few places in Leeds that offers independent shops and a friendly space to meet people of all kinds. It is for this reason that shops there are so successful and that the place is full of life.

I urge you to reconsider changing the function of the building, the area is already surrounded by expensive bars and shops, why would we want anymore? It seems bizarre that you would want to turn something with no competition into some thing that is exactly the same as the area it's in. From a business point of view that seems very strange seeing as you want to reap back the 1.5 million pounds you have already spent on the building. Also surely you are going to be losing money if you ask all the shop and stall holders to leave especially over the Christmas period!!

There are many people who are against your proposals (nearly 10,000 people). This proves that the Corn Exchange matters to citizens of Leeds. It also shows that people don’t think there is a need for more upmarket food establishments.
Please listen to the voices of the people of Leeds,

Kind regards

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