The council says it wishes to gather public opinion on Swindon's existing Street Trading Policy.
Swindon Borough Council says it aims to encourage and deliver quality street markets in Swindon, but that its current existing Street Trading Policy may be unnecessarily restrictive in terms of how often markets are held and how long they are open for business.
A regular town centre street market is proposed for Wharf Green later this year, subject to a successful bid to the Government’s Towns Fund. It's proposed that the retail market, with up to 45 stalls, would run on Thursdays and Saturdays, while a Farmers and Fine Food Market would be held on the third Friday of each month.
Local people are therefore being asked whether the Street Trading Policy is ‘fit for purpose’ and the Council is particularly keen to hear the views of members of the public, members of the trade, and other organisations before taking a final decision on whether to update the policy.
The consultation can be completed online at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BU4OEC/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news_events_and_covid_19_updates&utm_term=2022-02-13 , with a paper copy of the questions available on request.
All queries should be emailed to email@example.com, with the subject ‘Street Trading Policy and Fees’.
All responses to the consultation must be received by 5pm on Monday, 28 March 2022.