Monday, 14 January 2008
The last protest...
Dozens gathered on Saturday the 12th of January to protest for the closure of most shops in the Corn Exchange.
Zurich, the insurance company that manages the building, have dismissed the protests and pleas of over 15,000 for the building to remain an independent traders venue. No public explanation by Zurich has been given despite the numerous letters sent by the public, MPs and even Prince Charles! The negotiations between the Leader of Leeds City Council Andrew Carter and Zurich did not lead to any compromise by the insurance company and the Council is constrained by the 100 year long lease.
The sad conclusion is that on the 14th OF JANUARY most traders will leave the building and only only seven shops will be left, who have already started to look for alternative places as business at the Corn Exchnage is expected to go down.