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General and Sunday Market Trader Covid Impact Business Support Offer

In recognition of the difficult trading conditions and to help sustain General and Sunday market occupancy figures and a viable city centre market, the Executive Councillor is recommended:

-  To apply a 25% discount to all General and Sunday Market traders for each of the deferred monthly rental invoices (June/ July/ August and September 2020) and issue a combined invoice for this four month deferred period in October, 2020. 

-  To continue with the discounted standard pitch rate of £10/ day, Monday-Friday (as per 11th June urgent decision); and introduce an additional discounted standard pitch rate of £25/ day, Saturday and Sunday; and premium pitch rate of £15/ day, Monday-Friday; and £30/ day, Saturday and Sunday, with effect from 1st October to 31st December, 2020; and any further extension subject to review.

-  To waiver the ‘casual’ trader premium charge of £5/ day until the end of the financial year (31st March, 2021) with the aim of encouraging ‘casual’ traders to take on daily available vacant pitches to maximise market occupancy rates.  The corresponding recommended standard or premium pitch fee rates, as detailed in 2.2 above, will continue to be applied to ‘casual’ traders.

-  To extend the ‘relinquishing of license’ measure (ie. removal of the four week notice period condition to relinquish licence, introduced on 23rd March, 2020), until the 30th November, 2020.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 24/09/2020

Decision due: 1 Oct 2020 by Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre

Lead member: Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre

Department: Environmental Services

Contact: Tim Jones, Markets & Street Trading Manager Email: Tim.Jones@cambridge.gov.uk, Joel CarrĂ©, Head of Environmental Services Email: joel.carre@cambridge.gov.uk Tel: 01223 458201.

Additional Information: This item will automatically appear on the agenda.

Background Information: On 11th June, 2020, the Council recorded an urgent decision to introduce market trader Covid-19 impact business support measures, under paragraph 2 of section 9, Council Procedure Rules. In recognition of the continuing impact of Covid-19 on the trading conditions being faced by the Council’s General and Sunday Market traders and the need to sustain a viable city centre market, as a key factor to the city centre ‘high streets’ economic recovery, the Council is proposing extending the programme of support measures from 1st October to 31st December 2020.

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