Markets Consultation

Public Consultation for the review of the Draft Market Regulations Handbook 2021

This consultation has now CLOSED.

The public consultation into the Market Regulations Handbook and proposed Fees and Charges has now CLOSED

The public consultation took place between Friday 18th June 2021- Friday 30 July 2021

South Holland District Council is consulting on its draft "Market Regulations Handbook and review of its fees and charges." Relating to the four markets currently held in the district.  South Holland District Council last issued a Markets Handbook in 2016.

Before considering and deciding whether to adopt the draft Market Regulations Handbook and draft fees and charges, the council is carrying out a public consultation on the matter. You are invited to participate in the consultation by making comments on the draft Handbook.

The Market Regulations Handbook sets out a strong framework for markets with a focus on a local approach at every location.

The main purpose of having a Handbook is to set out the matters the South Holland District Council will take into account when considering and undertaking its duty to provide and manage its markets.

Due to the current national restrictions as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic copies of the consultation documents are not currently available to view at the public libraries and will only be available for inspection online on the Council's website and at Council offices, Priory Road, Spalding. 


You can view or download the draft Market Regulations Handbook containing the proposed fees and charges document and survey here:   

Icon for pdf South Holland Market Regulations Handbook [420.9KB]

Icon for pdf South Holland Markets Public Consultation - PDF Survey [526.36KB]

The information for the Markets Consultation can also be found in the following community centres around our district:-

Nene Court - Spalding
Sezanne Walk - Spalding
Linden Court - Spalding
Lime Court - Spalding
Glen Haven - Pinchbeck
Arthurs Ave - Holbeach
Cecil Pywell Ave - Holbeach
Lyndis Walk - Holbeach
Hargate Close - Fleet Hargate
Park Court - Weston
Spring Gardens - Long Sutton
St Marys Gardens - Long Sutton
St Matthews Drive - Sutton Bridge


Please note:

The information contained within the documents can be made available in different languages and formats including Braille, large print, ReciteMe.


The consultation will begin 9.00am on Friday 18 June 2021 for a period of 6 weeks and will close at 5.00pm on Friday 30 July 2021.

You are invited to submit comments on the draft Market Regulations Handbook and fees and charges, your comment must be in writing and received on or before 5.00pm on the Friday 30 July 2021 to be considered. Any comments submitted after this time will not be considered.  Your comments will assist Environmental Services when it considers to adopt or modify the Market Regulations Handbook and fees and charges. 

Comments can be emailed to: markets@sholland.gov.uk or submitting in writing to: Market Regulations Handbook Consultation, Environmental Services, South Holland District Council, Priory Road, Spalding, PE11 2XE.

Please note copies of all comments will be made available for the public to view, including the name of the stakeholder who submitted the representation therefore, your response cannot be treated as confidential.  However, the Council will not include any personal addresses or signatures.


South Holland District Council will not make a decision on the future of the Market Regulations Handbook or fees and charges until the consultation has closed on Friday 30 July 2021 and until then all existing regulations and requirements remain in place.

Any decision to proceed with the draft Market Regulations Handbook and proposed fees and charges will only be made once all responses have been fully considered and approval on 7 September 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the aims of the draft "Market Regulations Handbook"?

To detail the agreement that is made between South Holland District Council and our stallholders, setting out the obligations and requirements that must be complied with to ensure safe environments for all those that frequent our markets and support the markets and their growth.

Q. What are the main changes from the old handbook?

Comparison document available to download which details changes between the current Market Regulations Handbook and the proposed Market Regulations Handbook.  You can view the comparison document here:-

Icon for pdf South Holland Market Handbook Comparison [429.81KB]

Q. What is the purpose of the survey?

We need your feedback on our key priorities. These include:

·       Customer care and standards;

·       Environment and regeneration - with renewed focus on supporting and reviving the markets in the district and considering the environmental impact for the future;

·       Equality - to ensure we meet our public equality duty and ensure the markets are accessible to everyone;

·       Enforcement - to improve the customer experience and enforce high standards for traders and public across all markets, particularly on food trading, preventing counterfeit sales and ensuring the markets are a pleasant and safe place to shop;

·       Performance - to develop measures to monitor performance and carry our yearly reviews

We want to hear from you and value your input.

Q.  Why should food sellers be asked to display their food hygiene rating?

 A certificate of food hygiene displays the standard of food hygiene found at the time of inspection,  It includes cleanliness, how good food is hygienically handled, food safety including preparation, reheating and storage and the quality of food.   A 5 Star is the top of the scales and 0 is bottom of the scale.

5 - hygiene standards are very good

4 - hygiene standards are good

3 - hygiene standards are generally satisfactory

2 - some improvement is necessary

1 - major improvement is necessary

0 - urgent improvement is required

 

More information can be found on the SHDC website https://www.sholland.gov.uk/article/6403/Food-hygiene-rating

Q.  What is the difference between operating under a market traders licence and operating under a street trading licence?

The "markets" in the district of South Holland are markets in the strict legal sense of the word, they were established by royal charter or by Part III of the Food Act 1984 which provide the rights and responsibilities for the running of and participating in markets such as a permanent pitch. (conditions and fees apply as per draft handbook)

A street trading licence is a regulatory licensing scheme allowing the sale of articles / goods in a street.  SHDC Streets are "consent" streets and therefore consent is required before trading is permitted. Conditions and fees of £433 apply.

Street Trading consent is not required for market traders operating at a licensed market venue in the South Holland District.

For further information:  Street Trading Consent - South Holland District Council (sholland.gov.uk)

Q. Why are we asking for personal information within the survey?

We include equality monitoring to help us continually improve our service. It is your choice whether you answer personal questions. Your replies will not be used in a way that identifies you however they will help us to understand how our community needs may vary; and helps us make informed decisions on how we develop services and target resources.

Q. When will the consultation run?

The consultation will run from 9.00am Friday 18th June 2021 until 5pm Friday 30th July 2021.

Q. Do I have to complete the survey and provide separate comments on the handbook?

We are seeking views on the Market Regulations Handbook and Markets Survey you may to provide feedback for either or both.

Q. How do I submit my response?

Comments can be emailed to: markets@sholland.gov.uk or submitted in writing to: Market Regulations Handbook Consultation, Environmental Services, South Holland District Council, Priory Road, Spalding, PE11 2XE.

Q. Will local people and business be consulted?

This consultation is available for anyone to participate in and respond within the time period.

Q. Has any decision already been made?

South Holland District Council will not make a decision on the future of the Market Regulations Handbook or fees and charges until the consultation has closed on Friday 30 July 2021 and until then all existing regulations and requirements remain in place.

Q. Will regular street markets still take place whilst the consultation is ongoing?

Yes, all South Holland Markets will continue to operate during the consultation.

  • Spalding - Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • Crowland - Fridays
  • Holbeach - Thursdays
  • Long Sutton - Fridays.

Q. How can I keep up-to-date with the consultation?

This FAQ page will be regularly reviewed and updated.

Q. Can new traders still join during the consultation period?

Yes, South Holland District Council welcomes new applications onto our markets and new traders can continue to register throughout the consultation period. You can access the Market Traders registration page here:-

Market Trader Registration

Q. What happens next?

Any decision to proceed with the draft Market Regulations Handbook and proposed fees and charges will only be made once all responses have been fully considered and following approval by Council on 7 September 2021.