A decision to demolish buildings in the Market Place to create a new shopping area has been called in for scrutiny by opposition councillors. The decision to forge ahead with the scheme was taken by city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby last month.
Sir Peter said the new connection between Green Dragon Square and the St Martins Square area was the “missing link” in revitalising the area around the market place and would make it “even more attractive and special”. However, seven opposition councillors have formally called for his decision to be scrutinised by elected members.
The Green Party’s Patrick Kitterick, Mick Gregg and Liz Sahu, the Conservatives’ Deepak Bajaj, Paul Westley and Hemant Rae Bhatia, and the Liberal Democrats‘ Nigel Porter said they wanted the opportunity to consider whether the decision to “pour even more millions of scarce council cash into a small, very privileged part of the city centre” at a point when “the city council is on the verge of bankruptcy” is a “priority for the people of Leicester”.