Market traders and council officers have worked long and hard together on the revised regulations, which cover everything from the disposal of litter, to health and safety and the conduct of the traders themselves.
In return, the regulations offer traders a guarantee that the council will limit the duplication of stalls selling similar items, and that St Edmundsbury will continue to develop and promote the market to attract new shoppers and traders.
Cllr Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury’s Cabinet member for Economic Growth said: “We have hugely successful markets both in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill attracting hundreds of shoppers to the towns each week. They play a key part in the economic growth we are seeking here in West Suffolk, and it is very important that we ensure the continuing economic viability of our markets.
“I am very grateful to the market traders, who have played a vital role, giving up their own time to work with our officers in developing these new regulations. They recognise the value of this work, investing in the success of our markets, encouraging new businesses and entrepreneurs, and supporting their continued growth. Managing all the little details is very difficult indeed.
“At the heart of this all, we, and the traders, want to ensure that visitors to the market receive an excellent standard of customer service, go home happy, and want to return to shop again.”
Meanwhile Tuesday’s cabinet meeting decided to defer a decision on one of the regulations relating to non-trading activity by political parties or pressure groups on the markets. The council is looking at how it can balance the needs of the market traders, while providing areas where pressure groups and political parties can best be supported in exercising their right to freedom of expression within the town centres.