Statement from the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Downham Market
Monday, 20 September 2021
At the present time Downham Market Town Council is actively promoting and developing its Markets. We have up to 28 Traders who visit the market over the two days. Some on a weekly basis, others more casually. Since the Covid lockdown eased we have never refused a Trader the opportunity to come to trade on the Market, either as a casual user or a regular trader. There is a clear licence in place and this licence has been approved by the National Association of British Market Authorities (UK). As a Council we aim, moving forward, to expand the Market, so that more of the Town centre space is utilised and a greater variety of stalls can be accommodated.
The Council applies the Market Licence without favour to all traders and this licence is not withdrawn without careful thought. Sadly, in recent weeks we have been faced with a situation where two Traders appear to have breaches their licence in a significant manner on more than one occasion.
There is now a legal process in place, which includes the Traders’ right to appeal. Once this process is completed all Market Licence holders will be invited to an informal meeting with Councillors when we can all discuss positive ways forward.
Cllr Jenny Groom, Mayor
Cllr. Jacqueline Westrop, Deputy Mayor.
20th. September, 2021