Leader of The Council – Regeneration Marketing and Strategic Finance – minutes – 4 August 2010
100 (7) BARTON FARMERS’ MARKET – The Service Director Asset Management and Culture submitted a report to approve the development of a Farmers’ Market in Barton upon Humber run by North Lincolnshire Council.
North Lincolnshire Council runs a Farmers market in Brigg on the fourth Saturday of the month. The market opened in June 2000 and had recently been voted the best Rural Farmers Market in the UK. The market attracted around 5,000 visitors per week and had revitalised the town centre on a Saturday.
It was discussed that space at the market was limited and there was a growing waiting list of traders. Whilst County Bridge could accommodate an additional two or three traders, the market could not expand further in the other direction without rearranging the general market layout. This would have been counter-productive as the Farmers’ Market attracted an increasing number of casual market traders to Brigg.
Existing traders at Brigg Farmers’ Market had been asked if they would also like to attend a market in Barton. The response had been good and with the waiting list the market could start with 15-20 stalls. If this was held on the second Saturday of the month there would be minimal conflict with Brigg Farmers’ Market. The Barton Tourism Partnership had indicated that they would support a closure of the main shopping street, George Street for a Farmers’ Market once a month. This would provide a high visibility location, adjacent to the main retail area – ideal for a market to succeed.
Resolved – (a) That the council establish and manage a Farmers’ Market once a month in Barton upon Humber, with traders providing their own stalls, and (b) that further consultation with traders in Barton be undertaken with a view to the closure of George Street once a month for the market to take place.
101 (8) COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TRANSACTION SCHEDULE – The Service Director Asset Management and Culture submitted a report for consideration and approval of the terms of all recently completed, current/ongoing and new property transactions.
Resolved – That the schedule appended to the report be approved.
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