Council pledge to save markets from sales

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Operators of private markets and car boot sales in Barnsley have to apply for a licence to avoid damaging regular local markets in the town.

The council has agreed that a ‘fee structure’ needs to be introduced for those who run events at which goods are sold by individuals who pay market operators a charge for use of a pitch.

A council spokesman said: “The council will adopt these policies on car boots and private markets to bring Barnsley in line with other local councils.

“It will also allow more market type events per year in comparison with the previous market policy.

“Events that constitute a fayre in a school hall or community centre, where the majority of stalls are manned by volunteers and the income is going to charity, political, social or sporting funds, will not need to apply for a licence.”

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson, development, environment and culture, said: “This will assist with increasing economic output in the borough. It will also support smaller charitable organisations.”

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