Council extends support for South Holland market traders with free period until April 2021

Posted on 27 October 2020

South Holland District Council's Cabinet has today announced a further four month extension to the waiving of market fees for new and existing traders, stretching their ongoing support following lockdown to ten months.

The decision, which ensures no fees for traders until the end of March, will support the Council's ongoing commitment to the District's town centres, and provide further time for existing traders to recover from the impact of COVID and the numerous new traders who have joined in recent months to further establish themselves and their businesses in the District.

Across South Holland's markets numerous new businesses have taken advantage of the present low-risk opportunity to give it a try for the first time, with positive feedback about their experiences trading and also from customers pleased with the increased options and range of products available to buy.

As well as the extended period without fees, existing traders also received a £5,000 grant in August, targeted by the Council through the discretionary grant funding from the Government. The market is also a crucial component of the Council's ongoing work with the Spalding town centre improvement group, which includes representatives from the Spalding Market Traders group.

Along with the decision on fees, Lincolnshire County Council's highways team have confirmed that the Friday road closures to allow Long Sutton market to take place in its new location, which has been well received by traders and customers, will be extended until at least January 2022.

Councillor Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for environmental services, said: "I am really pleased that Cabinet has agreed to extend the free period for traders until the end of March. This will provide traders with further invaluable support over the Christmas and News Year period and give the town centre improvement groups the opportunity to work with traders and other representatives to find a fee system that works best for everyone involved.  

"In the long-term fees are an essential part of all markets, not just to cover their running costs but also to manage the quality of offer on those markets. However, with the changing and difficult impact of coronavirus still ongoing, I hope that this free period can help our traders and reaffirms that markets are an integral part of our future plans and part of our ambition to encourage a vibrant and varied town centre experience in South Holland."

More information on South Holland's markets, as well as details on how you can apply to take part, can be found at https://www.sholland.gov.uk/markets.