Agenda and minutes

Market Sub Committee - Thursday, 29th August, 2019 10.30 am

Venue: The Council Chamber, The White House, Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, Beds, LU7 1HD

Contact: Committee Officer  01525 631920 & Email: info@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

10/MK

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Schedule 12 of the Local Government Act 1972 requires a record be kept of the Members present and that this record form part of the minutes of the meeting. Members who cannot attend a meeting should tender apologies to the Town Clerk.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence had been received from Councillor R Goodchild (substituted by Councillor V Harvey), Councillor T Morris (substituted by Councillor F Kharawala), Councillor K Cursons (substituted by Councillor A Dodwell) and Peter Elmore, Market Trader Representative.

11/MK

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

(i)    Under the Localism Act 2011 (sections 26-37 and Schedule 4) and in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, Members are required to declare any interests which are not currently entered in the Member’s Register of Interests or if he/she has not notified the Monitoring Officer of it.

 

(ii)   Should any Member have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in an item on the agenda, the Member may not participate in consideration of that item unless a Dispensation has first been requested (in writing) and granted by the Council (see Dispensation Procedure).

Minutes:

Members were asked to declare any interests, including the nature of those interests, which they had in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.  .  No declarations were made.

 

12/MK

QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC (3 minutes per person; maximum 15 minutes)

To receive questions and statements from members of the public in respect of any item of business included in the agenda, as provided for in Standing Order No.s 3(f) and 3(g).

Minutes:

There were no questions from the public.

13/MK

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Market Sub-Committee meeting held on 23 May 2019.

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee received the draft minutes of the previous meeting, held on 23 May 2019 for consideration.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Markets Sub-Committee meeting held on 23 May 2019 be approved as a correct record and were signed accordingly.

 

14/MK

MARKET POLICY UPDATES pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To receive and consider a report regarding revision of the Adverse Weather Policy (Appendix A) (attached) and Disclaimer (Appendix B) (attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee received and considered a report regarding the Adverse Weather Policy and Disclaimer.

 

Since the relaunch of the Market in September 2017, the market had been forced to close on six occasions, as it was deemed hazardous to erect and operate from market structures.  Some traders chose to trade at the market despite these conditions, which had prompted the Town Council to amend the Adverse Weather Policy and Disclaimer to offer clarity to all who have an interest in the market. The revised policy provided market traders with choices and had been approved by the Town Council’s insurer as appropriate in terms of risk management.

 

After lengthy discussion the Sub Committee voted to adopt the Adverse Weather Policy with one wording amendment from Yellow Weather Warning to Amber Weather Warning, with one objection from Councillor Harvey and an abstention from Councillor Snelling.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(a)             To recommend to Policy and Finance Committee to adopt the Adverse Weather Policy with amended wording from Yellow Weather warning to Amber Weather warning attached at Appendix A

 

(b)        To recommend to Policy and Finance Committee to endorse the Disclaimer as attached at Appendix B.

 

(c)      To endorse the recommended policy changes as set out.

15/MK

MARKET GENERAL UPDATE pdf icon PDF 199 KB

To receive a general update on market activity and to consider the recommendations contained therein (attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

           

The Sub-Committee received an update report on market activity including information on delivery against market plan targets, trader recruitment and promotion, environmental ambitions for the market, on-going highway maintenance and marketing of the market.

 

The Sub Committee agreed the Environmental Ambitions adopted by Council on 24 June 2019 were positive in raising awareness and encouraged the use of appropriate materials within the market with traders and members of the public.

 

The Sub Committee wanted to recognise the award given during 2019 International Love Your Local Market campaign where Leighton Buzzard was awarded the 2019 Facebook Champion in England.   The National Association of British Markets Authorities (NABMA) said ‘Leighton Buzzard Market shared engaging posts about their market traders, visitors and events throughout LYLM2019.  The content shared on their page showcased the beauty of Leighton Buzzard Market in its entirety’.

 

A question was raised regarding the expectation for growth since the relaunch and what the long-term vision for the market would be. 

 

After discussion Councillor Harvey wanted it noted she was unhappy with the way the meeting had been conducted and progressed.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

16/MK

BUDGET REPORT pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To receive a report on the market budgets and to consider the recommendations contained therein (attached).

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee received a budget report for April to June 2019.

 

RESOLVED to note the report with one abstention from Councillor V Harvey.