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It is beginning to look a bit more likely that there will be at least a trial of a Farmer's Market in Crouch End. The idea of using the space in front of Hornsey Town Hall for a Farmer's Market has been floating about for ages, but Haringey has a blanket provision in its regulations against granting a temporary street trading licence, and the space has no permanent licence.
At a meeting of the Council's General Purposes Committee last night (19th May 2011) it was agreed that the ban on temporary licences would be lifted for a period of 6 months, but, so as not to make it too easy, it was also agreed that there would be a consultation with residents and traders in the affected areas before anything actually happens (for details see this document section 3)
According to this article there is considerable opposition from some local traders to the idea.
In outline the opposition goes:
I'm not sure if there is a formal mechanism for ensuring that you can have your say when the consultation takes place, but you might like to get in touch with r whose name appears on the recommendation or with firstname.lastname@example.org the department which enforces street trading licences
The 6 month relaxation probably isn't enough, given that only now can applications start, then a consultation, then a decision, then the 6 months will be up. The reference to seasonal makes me wonder if Germans will be coming to Haringey for the Christmas Markets, only its still 7 months till Christmas,
Haringey Council is relaxing its street trading policy for a trial period of six months and will consider applications for street markets, occasional stalls or seasonal trading at specific sites.
Haringey's Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Nilgun Canver, said:
"We get frequent requests for temporary street trading and are looking at what opportunities a relaxation of the regulations might bring.
"Clearly, we will consult existing traders in an area before any decisions are made as to which sites may be suitable and what trading might be agreed at them.
"Ideally, we will be looking to see how temporary street trading might encourage greater footfall to an area, thereby enhancing trading for everybody, or where it will help people access a variety of seasonal or novelty goods or services not easily available locally."
Cheryl: by 'campaigned for years' don't you actually mean that you have been paid by London Farmers' Markets to work for them since 2000? Isn't it somewhat disingenuous of you not to declare your financial interest in this?
There is a letter from Deborah O'Brien in this week's local paper (unfortunately not yet updated on the letters page) in which she refers to a questionnaire showing that more local retailers are in favour of a Market than are against it.
Does anyone know where to look for that survey and its results or how to contact Deborah?
Surely the comments about A3 (restaurant) usage in resepct of the proposed Ice Cream Parlour are relevant - a Market where things are sold would surely attract visitors.
Cheryl - do you work for the Farmers Market people? If so, do you think you could declare this interest?
Les - I just asked this same question further up the thread. It would appear that she is: http://www.lfm.org.uk/home/about-us/
Yes I do run farmers' markets but I also live in Haringey so my 'motive' as you put it is to bring a farmers market into the borough. I'm certainly not hiding anything and I've only ever supported the people who wish to bring a farmers' market to the area. We certainly never bring a market to an area where people do not want one. There are plenty of areas which do.
As for FARMA lobbying to make Ally Pally a Certified market, FARMA aren't a lobbying company - they provide the certification and as far as I'm aware Ally Pally did apply and was rejected.
All LFM managers are responsible for cleaning up after (and before) the market. I did it myself for seven years at Islington. The producers (not “traders”) took their rubbish home. Negotiations for one market fell through because that Council’s bin men would have been deprived of overtime work.