Telford & Wrekin Council is set to hand over the running of two borough markets to the relevant town council – with a third considering its options.
Oakengates Town Council and Great Dawley Town Council have both taken the decision to run their weekly markets and this move is poised to be approved by the council’s cabinet on June 16.
Madeley Town Council will make a final decision in July.
In Hadley, the parish council is supportive of the market continuing but do not wish to run it. Telford & Wrekin Council is proposing an alternative model in this instance which will see individual traders applying for street trading consents.
Passing control of the markets to the relevant town council require Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet to formally resolve to stop operating the market, followed by a resolution by the town council to establish the market in their name on an agreed date.
The changes are being made as part of Telford & Wrekin Council’s budget plans, which are encouraging the community to run services which the council can no longer afford to run. Stopping running the four markets will save the council £20,000 a year from 2017/18.
Town and parish councils are legally able to establish a market under the same legislation as the borough council, which is the Food Act 1984. This means markets taken over by the lowest tier of local government can continue to operate in a similar way to how they do now.
Oakengates Town Council will take on Oakengates Market from next month. Great Dawley will take on the running of Dawley Market by October/November this year. Madeley Town Council will make a final decision at a future meeting.
Telford & Wrekin Council is also working with traders in Hadley to support them to secure street trading consents.
Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Finance, Partnerships and Commercial Services, said: “We have been working very closely with a number of areas of our community to see how they can help take on services we can no longer afford to run.
“Libraries have been a prime example of that and markets are another one. I have been very encouraged by how willing our town councils have been to help and ultimately this should mean the public will notice very little difference – all four markets should continue in some form.”