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Charity markets hit by charges bombshell

Reporter: MARINA BERRY
Date online: 10 July 2013

NEW Oldham Council charges could signal the end for many local charity markets and sales.

The warning comes from Saddleworth Museum curator Peter Fox after he learned of a new £40 minimum charge by the council for each of the museum’s monthly farmers markets.

The new fees — £40 for the first 20 stalls, plus £2 for each stall after that — will affect charities holding temporary markets, fleamarkets, farmers’ markets and car-boot sales. Previously these charity-run events were exempt from charges.

Mr Fox said the move would force the museum, a registered charity, to look at the long-term viability of its popular farmers’ market.

He criticised Oldham Council for slapping charities with the fee: “This could jeopardise our farmers’ market. We will have to transfer some of the cost to the stallholders. There are only between eight and 10 stalls at the market and it wouldn’t take much for some of them to say it isn’t worth their while to come.

“So many of these events are run by volunteers who spend a lot of their own time and work very hard raising money. It is certainly not much in line with Oldham promoting itself as a co-operative community council.”

Councillor Jean Stretton, Oldham Council’s Cabinet member for co-operatives and neighbourhoods, said: “There are costs to the council in administering applications to run this type of event. Given the scale of cuts imposed on the council by central Government, we have to cover these costs.”

Comments

£2 a stall. Is this man joking?

'Given the scale of cuts imposed by Central Government, we have to cover these costs' I wonder how many cuts the councillors will be making to their own incomes to help the council cover costs? I won't be holding my breath waiting for an answer.

Is that the same costs Councillor Stretton as you are finding for placing statues along Union Street or having flower displays all over the Borough (which I still don’t know what the added value is)!! If Oldham had a viable outdoor market then perhaps it would attract more local and regional suppliers – get your act in order.
So much for a Cooperative Borough – all smoke and mirrors.

Typical OMBC with its ill-conceived and potentially damaging "bright ideas". Engage your brain and scrap this idea immediately.

This will be the Oldham Council that claims to be promoting tourism. I wonder how much the tourism "event" will cost the council tax payers? Oldham Council are past masters at sitting and talking, but when it comes to some joined up thinking they are out of their collective depths. People come to the Saddleworth villages and avoid Oldham - surely there is a tourism message there. Will they ever look, listen and learn? Keep up the good work Mr Fox.


Councillor Jean Stretton, Oldham Council’s Cabinet member for co-operatives and neighbourhoods, said: “There are costs to the council in administering applications to run this type of event. Given the scale of cuts imposed on the council by central Government, we have to cover these costs.”

The response from Jean Stretton says it all, there is a bureaucracy to justify and sustain therefore those nasty little capitalists out to make a quick buck can pay for it.
Take your business elsewhere folk

Can't believe this & moaning wished we could got a stall for £2 but most stalls on farmers markets are £15-£25 Ashton / staly bridge etc what do some people want

Perhaps it would help myself and others if Councillor Stretton elaborated on the councils administration on these occasions and for this and similar events ? Exactly what is required to host a farmers market by the council that the museum personnel cannot arrange or manage ? How does this differ from a carboot event other than the latter usually being on private land ? For these stall holders to come up with such a large amount will contribute to its demise.

My, my, all these increases. I wonder if the Councillors ever think of reducing the amount of allowances they claim.
What will they charge for next, for kids to use the parks?
I would imagine anyone holding an event on their own land would not be met with such costs?

Just two quid a stall? That's still highly subsidised. What on earth is there to moan about? There will be admin time booking the space and it doesn't matter how responsible the stall holders are afterwards,someone from street scene will have to be there at the end (probably on overtime) to clear up and check for safety aspects.

Oldhamgent and B Wise - Oldham Councillor's took a 10% reduction in all allowances when Labour last came in to power so they are making a contribution to the savings

 

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