SDC agrees to renew Stroud farmers' market licence with current operator

SDC agrees to renew Stroud farmers' market license with current operator

SDC agrees to renew Stroud farmers' market license with current operator

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THE district council has agreed to renew the Stroud farmers’ market license with the current operators for a further three years.

At the strategy and resources committee meeting held at the council offices tonight, Thursday, councillors debated for almost an hour on the future of the award-winning market.

Three options were considered including renewing the licence with Made in Stroud for three years, putting the contract out to tender or for the district council to take over the running of the market itself.

Cllr Simon Pickering (Green, Slade) proposed that the committee resolves to delegate authority to the Head of Asset Management to renew the licence to Made in Stroud Ltd to operate a weekly farmers’ market, and monthly flea market, at Cornhill Market Square and adjacent streets for a further three years.

However the proposal is subject to a number of conditions including that the operator provides its accounts for the market for the last three years by the end of July.

The agreement is also subject to a new licence fee, the agreement and implementation of a complaints and appeals procedure for settling disputes at the market to include Stroud District Council and stallholders representatives, the development of a business continuity plan and also that members of the strategy and resources committee be consulted on any terms which cannot be agreed.

It was also agreed that the head of asset management explores alternative models of operating the market in order for the Council to consider how it wishes the market to be operated in the future.

There was a public outcry in December when the district council revealed plans to invite new bidders to run the market in Cornhill.

Therefore a public consultation was launched in February after 2,000 members of the public signed a petition against the move.

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9:11pm Thu 26 Jun 14

kjag23 says...

LONG LIVE GERBRANDS!
LONG LIVE GERBRANDS! kjag23
  • Score: -1

11:39pm Thu 26 Jun 14

TigerTigerBurningBright says...

Will Stroud District Council now agree to subsidise all the other markets in the district to the same level?

Why is this not handed over to Stroud Town Council? If it does so much for Stroud they should be happy to take it over and not have ratepayers across the district subsidising their local market.
Will Stroud District Council now agree to subsidise all the other markets in the district to the same level? Why is this not handed over to Stroud Town Council? If it does so much for Stroud they should be happy to take it over and not have ratepayers across the district subsidising their local market. TigerTigerBurningBright
  • Score: 6

12:35pm Fri 27 Jun 14

K D Cranston says...

There is no subsidy to Stroud Farer's Market, unlike the free SDC subsidised car-parks in many of the towns and villages around the District.
There is no subsidy to Stroud Farer's Market, unlike the free SDC subsidised car-parks in many of the towns and villages around the District. K D Cranston
  • Score: -5

6:35pm Fri 27 Jun 14

TigerTigerBurningBright says...

yeah, and they all have: Library, Swimming Pool, Railway Station, Police Station, Leisure Centre, Museum, etc. etc.? Compare apples with apples.

Good to hear the Stroud Farmer's market isn't subsidised at all and pays all the costs it should. Or does it?
yeah, and they all have: Library, Swimming Pool, Railway Station, Police Station, Leisure Centre, Museum, etc. etc.? Compare apples with apples. Good to hear the Stroud Farmer's market isn't subsidised at all and pays all the costs it should. Or does it? TigerTigerBurningBright
  • Score: 3

1:46pm Sun 29 Jun 14

joyus1uk says...

No money for markets outside Stroud Town centre. More markets will close. The Stroud centric lobby have won again.
Perhaps the Head of Asset Management should invoke one of the penalty clauses in the tendering process and seriously look at the conduct of the Gerbrands family in lobbying the council over this contract.
Stroud DC legal officers were also very exercised by the prospect of another market provider/contractor seeking a legal challenge to the decision of the council. Of course district tax payers/residents outside of Stroud Town are also not exempt from brining their own legal challenge.

I hope we are not once again being plunged into another costly legal case by a contractor exercising their legal right.
Once again Stroud Town prospers at the expense of the wider district.
Sorry guys you are not the centre of the universe you all think you are.
No money for markets outside Stroud Town centre. More markets will close. The Stroud centric lobby have won again. Perhaps the Head of Asset Management should invoke one of the penalty clauses in the tendering process and seriously look at the conduct of the Gerbrands family in lobbying the council over this contract. Stroud DC legal officers were also very exercised by the prospect of another market provider/contractor seeking a legal challenge to the decision of the council. Of course district tax payers/residents outside of Stroud Town are also not exempt from brining their own legal challenge. I hope we are not once again being plunged into another costly legal case by a contractor exercising their legal right. Once again Stroud Town prospers at the expense of the wider district. Sorry guys you are not the centre of the universe you all think you are. joyus1uk
  • Score: 3

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