Mar­ket set to con­tinue

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK GEE

NEW Nor­folk’s High St Mar­ket looks sets to stay af­ter the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil al­lo­cated $55,000 to the run­ning of the mar­ket in the 2018-19 bud­get an­nounced last week.

The mar­ket was ini­tially given li­cense to op­er­ate in High St on Satur­days for a trial pe­riod of be­tween three and six months in Septem­ber last year.

The first mar­ket was held in Novem­ber.

One of the rec­om­mended con­di­tions of ap­proval for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the “tem­po­rary mall” was that an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est doc­u­ment call­ing for sub­mis­sions to run the mar­ket be pro­duced by the coun­cil by June 30.

That pe­riod has since ex­pired and the EOI was de­ferred at June’s coun­cil meet­ing.

But $55,000 was al­lo­cated to the mar­ket in last week’s bud­get, for op­er­at­ing costs and for in­fra­struc­ture to be in­stalled.

Der­went Val­ley Mayor Martyn Evans said the EOI was de­ferred be­cause coun­cil­lors wanted more in­for­ma­tion about the cri­te­ria.

“That will go back up and then we’ll put that out as an EOI,” he said.

“But when you start talk­ing about streets and street clo­sures, and [putting] bol­lards in High St to fa­cil­i­tate that, you need to have a fig­ure in the bud­get.”

Cr Evans said the coun­cil com­mit­ted to the con­tin­u­a­tion of the mar­ket be­cause of pos­i­tive feed­back from a sur­vey.

“Com­mu­nity and busi­nesses and stall­hold­ers had the op­por­tu­nity to buy in and it was over­whelm­ingly in sup- port of the mar­ket,” he said.

Cr Evans said the $55,000 coun­cil put aside in the bud­get was also a con­tin­gency for the tran­si­tion of the mar­ket to a new op­er­a­tor.

“If need be when there’s a short­fall in be­tween times of tak­ing over the mark from op­er­a­tor to op­er­a­tor, we may have to step in,” he said.

“We’ve got to make sure we are fac­tor­ing in hav­ing a mem­ber of staff putting out sig­nage, putting out bol­lards, do­ing dif­fer­ent things and there is a cost at­tributed to that.”

Cr Evans said there were no plans for the coun­cil to run the mar­ket in the long term.

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