THE SUPERVISION of Wednesday’s Hedon Market will be scrutinised a lot more closely by Hedon Town Council.
The council currently delegates supervision of the market to an appointed manager and the licence for that appointment is currently up for review. That licence stipulates the frequency of the market, its location, setting-up and exit, according to town councillors who were discussing its contents at last week’s Property Committee meeting. The review of the licence should be an opportunity to discuss issues of concern regarding the current supervision arrangements.
Councillors recalled that the idea for running the current modern market (in what is an ancient market town) originated in the late 1980’s championed by then councillor John Ledger. Wednesday was chosen as an appropriate day for the market because that was the day when local resident traders’ takings were at their lowest. The market was seen as a way to bring more people into the town as a way of supporting local traders, in fact the first market traders were actually local town centre shopkeepers and business people who ran the market themselves. That situation didn’t last for long recollected Cllr. Neil Black, and management of the market was put out to tender.
One of the main purposes of the market was to generate an income for the town council to spend on the town’s Christmas festivities.
The whole issue of the Wednesday Market has been brought to attention of Hedon Town Council as a result of recent traffic problems and concerns caused as the market sets up and closes down. Recent photographs showing some of those traffic problems were passed around the meeting which seemed to reveal haphazard parking by market traders vans as the market sets up, but also shows unauthorised stopping by all manner of vehicles outside of the bank building and shops opposite the market place at all times of the day which narrows the road.
Ward Councillors Mike Bryan and John Dennis said that they have also met with parking enforcement senior officers at the market place on a Wednesday morning to see the problems first-hand.
Councillors say that the situation will be made much clearer for drivers when the East Riding of Yorkshire Council installs new red lines opposite the market place. These will indicate clearly that ‘no stopping’ is allowed.
Alongside a commitment to review the Hedon Market management licence, councillors also gave a general ‘thumbs up’ to the market at the meeting last week (Thursday 12th February 2015). The council had not received any notification of a challenge to staging the market on a Wednesday or in its current location. There had been a suggestion that local traders would write or petition the council for a change to the current arrangements, but in absence of such, the general consensus amongst Hedon councillors was that the market was beneficial to the town and would continue on a Wednesday.
The review of the market licence is the remit of the council’s Finance & General Purposes Committee and will be undertaken by members via those meetings.
Note: The above observations are based on attending meetings and do in no way represent any official record of Hedon Town Council’s decisions or stance on issues.
Photo: Thanks to Aly Smith for photo No.3.