Hackney Markets / Street Trading and Shop Front Fees and Charges

Closed 15 Feb 2016

Opened 14 Dec 2015

Overview

Hackney markets, street trading and shop front fees and charges 2016/17

Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and sustainability, said:

"We value our markets, and the heritage, variety and the service they provide to our local communities, and try to support them as much as possible. However, we are currently charging some of the markets far less in fees and charges than the cost of maintaining, managing and cleaning them.

“It is important for our markets to be self-funding. The Council has already managed around 100 million in funding cuts from government and is now facing a further 60 million in cuts, and we cannot afford to continue subsidising our markets / street traders, including shop front trading. We believe it is only fair to residents that operational costs of Hackney’s markets be covered by fees and charges, but these will be only what it costs us to provide the service.

“There are ways Hackney’s market traders can help to keep costs down, such as by disposing of waste correctly. This includes separating food waste from general waste and recycling which has a big impact on costs with waste accounting for 57% of all expenditure in 2014/15.

“We want to hear your views on our proposals and encourage you to have your say by completing the attached questionnaire and returning it to us in the freepost envelope provided by Monday 15 February 2016. We will consider all feedback before we make our final decision.

“We look forward to hearing from you.”

A summary of the proposed changes

Hackney Council plans to update its fees and charges structure by April 2016 (subject to this consultation), to cover the cost of running our markets. We currently subsidise Hackney markets more than £179,000 per year and are committed to making all markets self-funding.

The attached booklet highlights the proposed fees and charges for permanent and temporary traders in Ridley Road Market, Hoxton Street Market and at miscellaneous sites. It also proposes new administrative and application costs.

Our fees and charges were last reviewed in September 2014. It is expected that the proposed increase in fees and charges (if accepted) will cover the full operational costs of Hackney’s markets without Council subsidy by 2016/17.

The consultation starts on Monday 14 December 2015 and will run for nine weeks to allow additional time for the festive season. To have your say, respond to this consultation by clicking the link or download the questionnaire and send it back using our freepost address below before Monday 15 February 2016.

Markets Service
Fees and charges consultation
Freepost RTES-SACS-HLRA
PO Box 39055
London
E8 1WT

 

Why We Are Consulting

Why are we doing this?

The proposed changes to markets and street trading fees and charges will achieve the objective of Hackney’s markets and street trading becoming a self-funding operation with no requirement for Council subsidy from 2016/17 onwards.

What is the Council doing to reduce the cost of managing markets?

The Council has already made a number of significant savings to reduce running costs, including:

A restructure of the markets team.

  • Sharing administrative support with other services in the Council.
  • Introduction of a waste minimisation programme designed to recycle more, reduce the cost of cleaning and disposal of waste.

The full consultation  information on the proposed changes including the proposed fees and charges can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

What Happens Next

What happens next?

All representations will be considered and a formal decision to implement any revised fees will be made. The proposed fees and charges will then be finalised and traders will be notified through a statutory notice in Hackney Today, and provided 28 days’ notice from the publication date of the newspaper before any amendments to fees and charges take effect.

Events

  • Drop in session at Markets Office

    From 16 Dec 2015 at 09:30 to 16 Dec 2015 at 11:00

    Drop in to ask any questions you may have on the markets / street trading and shop front fees and charges consultation.

    Markets / Street Trading Office
    Unit 2B Kingsland Shopping Centre
    Kingsland High Street
    E8 2LX

    Your views are important to us.

  • Drop in session at Markets Office

    From 16 Dec 2015 at 18:00 to 16 Dec 2015 at 19:30

    Drop in to ask any questions you may have on the markets / street trading and shop front fees and charges consultation.

    Markets / Street Trading Office
    Unit 2B Kingsland Shopping Centre
    Kingsland High Street
    E8 2LX

    Your views are important to us.

  • Drop in session at Markets Office

    From 7 Jan 2016 at 14:00 to 7 Jan 2016 at 15:30

    Drop in to ask any questions you may have on the markets / street trading and shop front fees and charges consultation.

    Markets / Street Trading Office
    Unit 2B Kingsland Shopping Centre
    Kingsland High Street
    E8 2LX

    Your views are important to us.

  • Drop in session at Markets Office

    From 7 Jan 2016 at 18:00 to 7 Jan 2016 at 19:30

    Drop in to ask any questions you may have on the markets / street trading and shop front fees and charges consultation.

    Markets / Street Trading Office
    Unit 2B Kingsland Shopping Centre
    Kingsland High Street
    E8 2LX

    Your views are important to us.

  • Drop in session in Ridley Road Market

    From 9 Jan 2016 at 09:30 to 9 Jan 2016 at 11:00

    We will be present in Ridley Road Market to answer any questions you may have on the markets / street trading and shop front fees and charges consultation.

    Your views are important to us.

  • Drop in session in Hoxton Street Market

    From 9 Jan 2016 at 13:30 to 9 Jan 2016 at 15:00

    We will be present in Hoxton Street Market to answer any questions you may have on the markets / street trading and shop front fees and charges consultation.

    Your views are important to us.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Business
  • Trade unions
  • Councillors
  • MP/ MEP
  • Expert stakeholders
  • General public
  • Women

Interests

  • Understanding views
  • Gathering ideas
  • Cabinet
  • Councillors
  • Waste & recycling
  • Parking
  • Sustainability
  • Spending
  • Communication
  • Business