Agenda and minutes

Market Sub Committee - Thursday, 24th February, 2022 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

72/MK

BUDGET REPORT pdf icon PDF 516 KB

To receive a report detailing end of financial year 2020/21 income and expenditure and consider the recommendations therein (attached).

Minutes:

The sub-committee received a budget report and it was noted that as the country continued to recover from the pandemic the performance of the market also continued to improve.

 

A question was raised regarding the issue of traders who attended the market only on the run-up to Christmas and did not commit to trading in January and February as well.  Whilst members agreed this could be seen as a problem by permanent traders it did enhance the market by offering different and sometimes seasonal products.  A suggestion was made whether staggered rents could be introduced for the busier months.  The Head of Cultural and Economic Services would look into this and bring back to the next meeting.

 

RESOLVED to note the report

 

73/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 were received from Councillors Berry and Goodchild and Adrian Harrison, Market Manager.

 

74/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:

No declarations were made and no dispensations were requested.

 

 

75/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:

76/MK

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 288 KB

Minutes:

(a)          The Sub-Committee received the draft minutes of the previous meeting, held on 2 December 2021 for consideration.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Markets Sub-Committee meeting held on 2 December 2021 be approved as a correct record and were signed accordingly.

 

(b)          Minute reference 70/MK Farmers Market – the agreed actions to change the name of this market was on-going.

 

Minute reference 68/MK Market General Update – congratulations and thanks were given to the Leighton-Linslade Market team on their Award from NABMA being awarded the Best Local Council Market 2022.

 

 

 

77/MK

MARKET GENERAL UPDATE pdf icon PDF 490 KB

To receive a report and consider the recommendations therein (attached)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee received a general market update report and appendix for consideration.  These included updates on delivery of activity and general updates.

 

The majority of the themed markets had been delivered as planned.  The adverse weather policy had been invoked on two occasions.  Sadly, one trader had passed away and another had ceased trading after having their vehicle stolen.

 

A month-long celebration would take place from May – June to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the relaunch of the market. This would co-inside with the annual Love Your Local Market campaign. Officers have invited representatives from NABMA to visit the market during this time. The Street Food Heroes and Vegan Market had rebooked after the success of the previous bookings. Information regarding extra markets being held in the High Street had been shared with Central Bedfordshire Council officers to assist in their preparations for drafting a new ETRO anticipated to come into effect in April.

 

A suggestion was made to enquire if a logo could be added to the Market branding from NABMA which stated the winning of the Best Local Council Award. 

 

The sub-committee were informed that the ‘boosting’ of information on social media had proved successful and members agreed this would be a great option for future events. 

 

 RESOLVED to note the report.