Isle councillor backs markey policy

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A COUNCILLOR from the Isle has backed a new markets policy which will make it easier for people to set up and run their own community events.

The Policy for Markets in North Lincolnshire explains how people can apply to hold their own market, fair or other special event.

It sets out what they need to do to make sure events are safe and enjoyable for visitors, traders and the local community.

Under the policy a market is defined as five or more stalls or pitches where items are sold. This includes stalls which are held as part of events and fairs and also events such as car boot sales.

Organisers of charity and not for profit events will not have to pay any fees and council staff will help with filling in application forms.

Axholme North ward councillor John Briggs is North Lincolnshire Council deputy leader and cabinet member for asset and estate management, sport, leisure and culture.

He said: “Markets play a vital role in the local economy and we want to see more of them in North Lincolnshire.

“We have some marvellous public open spaces in our town centres, such as the redeveloped Crowle Market Place and Scunthorpe’s Church Square, and I want to see more people using them to their full potential.

“We want to build on their success and create high quality events that are accessible, safe and complementary to existing businesses.”

The new policy has been drawn up following extensive consultation with market organisations, town and parish councils and other organisations.

It is subject to the council’s formal decision making process and is set to be run as a pilot scheme from April 1 with a review after six months.

For more information call the Tourism and Town Centres Team on 01652 631500 or e-mail newmarkets@northlincs.gov.uk.

Application forms will soon be available on the council website at www.northlincs.gov.uk.