The Sub-Committee considered a report on the City Centre Markets.
In January 2020, Worcester City Council
commissioned specialist markets consultancy The Assembly Line to
review the Worcester Market arrangements. The review made recommendations about the future
markets offer for the City, considering the Council’s
ambitions and the current economic conditions. A summary of the consultants report was provided
at paragraph 5 of the report.
The City Centre Manager, in presenting the
report, went through the preferred options, including
recommendations going forward for the Angel Place Market (Wednesday
to Saturday) and the weekend High Street Market and other
events. With regard to the Angel Place
Market Officers had been testing the recommended proposal with
potential operators for the interim arrangement, the full details
as set out in the confidential appendix to the report. The key features were highlighted in paragraph
It was recommended that the Victorian Fayre
would be the subject of a report to a future Sub-Committee to
consider options for the management of this event.
With regard to the sites in the City Centre
managed by the County Council, the consultants had recommended the
transfer of the management of the sites in the City Centre to the
onsite City Centre management team. The
City Centre Manager confirmed that the co-ordination of this would
start soon, if agreed.
The City Centre Manager responded to questions
from Members relating to the support and compensation for traders
in Angel Place, particularly with potentially another lockdown,
Members were informed that support would be provided as in the
previous lockdown. The City Centre
Manager also confirmed that she had met with traders to obtain
feedback and agreed that it was essential for this communication to
Reference was made to vehicles parking
overnight in Angel Place, when there are no stalls in place, which
caused problems for traders when setting up, it was asked what the
rules were for this. It was agreed that
this would be looked into to check what jurisdiction is in
Following cancellation of the Victorian
Christmas Fayre it was asked what support would be given to
traders. The City Centre Manager in
response stated that she could not comment on individuals, but if
it was their regular business they would be eligible for a grant
from the Government.
Members fully supported that the Council
should be the single point of contact to manage bookings and events
in the City Centre going forward.
RESOLVED: That the
approves the principle of managing the different
elements of the City’s markets offer separately on the expiry
of the current contractual arrangements in January, being:
Weekend High Street markets (covered in
Angel Place traders (covered in the
Victorian Christmas Fayre market stalls
(to be discussed at a future sub-committee meeting);
Director - Place, in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of
the Sub-Committee, to procure operators through a concession
contract for a period of up to 5 years with ...
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