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Declaration of Interests.
Where a Councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest the Councillor must declare the interest to the meeting and leave the room without participating in any discussion or making a statement on the item, except where a councillor is permitted to remain as a result of a grant of dispensation.
There were none.
To explain the background to the Call-In and the process to be followed by the Panel (report of the Deputy Chief Executive (Corporate Development) and S151 enclosed.
The Performance Monitoring Panel received a report advising that on 26 October 2021, the Cabinet had considered a report regarding the outcome of the Market Consultation.
The following decisions had been made by the Cabinet:
1. That the adoption of the Markets Regulation Handbook, following consultation from 18June to 30 July 2021, be approved;
2. That the Head of Environmental and Operational Services, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, be given delegated authority to make changes to the Market Regulation Handbook as necessary, following approval of the proposed options of this report;
3. That adoption of the new fee structure as consulted upon, and annual review, be approved;
4. That Option Two, as set out in paragraph 2.2, be approved to ensure investment and growth in our markets and the ability to take action on the results of the consultation and implement the key findings, such as pop-up stalls and improved engagement;
a. That a new post of Markets Manager be introduced for a two-year fixed term trial to deliver the objectives of option two funded from the Investment and Growth Reserve as detailed in 5.5;
5. That the current suspension of stall erection and dismantling be made a permanent change to market provision, as reflected in the new fee structure;
6. That the attached Equality Impact Assessment be noted; and Page 3 Agenda Item 3;
7. That the current road closure in Long Sutton be made permanent to ensure the safe running of the market and maintain the high levels of social gatherings in and around Market Place each Friday.
A copy of the report and the appendices considered by the Cabinet was attached to the report.
In accordance with the Constitution, the decision had been called in by Councillors C J T H Brewis and J Tyrrell, who had stated:
‘The Cabinet and Council have on many occasions wished to treat all retail markets fairly. It is upsetting that Long Sutton is to be adversely treated by having to pay an extra £1.50 (£8.50 instead of £7.00), over 60% increase, just because of a closure of the Market Place. Bearing in mind the large sums of Council Tax and business rates paid by the eastern communities in South Holland for distant District facilities in Spalding, we want all to be charged alike’.
Councillors Brewis and Tyrrell considered the decision maker should take the following action to address the concerns raised:
‘’We ask that the Long Sutton Market Charge be reconsidered and reduced to the same as the others (currently recommended £7.00)”.
Councillor Brewis and Tyrrell considered the following alternative decision should be made:
“Reduce charges at Long Sutton Market to match the others in the District of South Holland”.
The report laid out the following options available to the Panel, following consideration of the information:
a) To take no further action in relation to the call in (in this event, the proposed decision will take effect from the date of the Panel meeting). ... view the full minutes text for item 31.