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To: Edinburgh Council

Save the Royal Mile Market !

UPDATE: 23/09/16
We are VERY pleased to inform you all that the Royal Mile Market is staying in the Tron Kirk for another year!!!!
This is due mostly to a fortunate twist of fate! The battle may still be on-going... but we hope to hang on in there though, and be around for a few years to come!!

We would all like to thank each and every one of you!! Thank you for supporting small businesses in Edinburgh.
We hope you will all be able to pop in to the Tron Kirk soon and see what you have helped to save!

Save the Royal Mile Market !

Please do not take away the jobs and livelihoods of local Edinburgh businesses and traders!

Why is this important?

The Royal Mile Market is Edinburgh's only permanent, 7-day, indoor marketplace. It is home to over 15 local businesses, brands and traders, all of whom are based entirely in Edinburgh.

The market hosts:
Artists, Designers, Muralists, Jewellers, Weavers, Musicians, Printers, Historians, and many more....

Now, a multi-million pound, London-based company have put in a bid to take the Tron Kirk away from us to use as a 'gift shop'.

As the current tenants, we have the right to renew our lease at the current market rate before any other offers are considered - which we want to do!

PLEASE, Edinburgh Council, don't take the livelihoods away from small-scale, Edinburgh-based businesses. We NEED the Tron Kirk.
Between us we employ over 50 local people on top of providing a unique shopping destination and tourist attraction. In addition, many of our profits go directly back into the local economy.

We have nowhere else to go.

Thank you,

The Traders of the Royal Mile Market

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:
https://vimeo.com/178314147

How it will be delivered

We will email the results of the petition to Alasdair Rankin (SNP, City Centre Councillor). It will also be presented on Thursday 18th August at the Finance and Resources Committee meeting.

Edinburgh

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Reasons for signing

  • This is one of the main reasons I come to Edinburgh, to enjoy the markets and buy produce off the locals. This market is beautiful and needs to be kept alive
  • Cultural gem
  • To retain the feeling of heritage to the city. The Tron Kirk is a beautiful building, enhanced by its current use and would be devalued by the introduction of largely foreign made, bog-standard and artificial 'souvenir' goods.

Updates

2018-05-25 17:40:00 +0100

Petition is successful with 11,075 signatures

2017-01-17 17:01:18 +0000

Petition is successful with 11,065 signatures

2016-11-27 20:40:18 +0000

Petition is successful with 11,061 signatures

2016-09-23 14:41:14 +0100

Petition is successful with 11,044 signatures

2016-08-20 17:39:12 +0100

The council decided not to renew our current lease and to put the Tron's lease on the market for higher bids.
This is a terrible decision for us. If you want some more information on how the meeting went then read this blog post by Council Member, Gavin Corbett of the Green Party:
http://www.edinburghgreens.org.uk/site/blog/tron/

We are still fighting this though so please keep signing and spreading the word!

2016-08-18 11:13:45 +0100

We get out decision from the council today. The meeting is at City Chambers at 2pm.
Join us if you can.

2016-08-17 09:29:48 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2016-08-15 23:19:19 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2016-08-10 21:25:50 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-08-10 11:32:44 +0100

Here is an article from The Edinburgh Evening News on our situation!

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/our-region/edinburgh/plans-to-transform-tron-kirk-into-harry-potter-store-met-with-strong-opposition-1-4196948

2016-08-10 01:50:08 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-08-09 17:16:37 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-08-09 16:40:44 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-08-09 15:47:48 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-08-09 14:57:07 +0100

10 signatures reached