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Minutes of the Market Management Committee held in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall on Thursday 7 March 2024 at 6.30 pm


North Ward:

Councillor D Bushby

East Ward:

Councillor Mrs J Gubb
Councillor Mrs L Hellyer
Councillor J McKenzie

South Ward

Councillor Ms R Clarke (Chairman)
Councillor S Inch

West Ward

Councillor C Hawkins
Market Complex Mrs K Austin


Mr R Coombes (Deputy Town Clerk)
Councillor K Hind (North Ward)


Mrs N Bennett (personal).


There were no declarations of interest.


There were no public members.


Proposed by Councillor Inch and seconded by Councillor Ms Clarke, the Minutes of the Meeting held on 25 January 2024 were approved and signed as a correct record.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0, Abstention: 1)


It was proposed by Councillor Inch and seconded by Councillor Mrs Hellyer and

RESOLVED: That the list of payments for 7 March 2024 be approved.

(Vote – For: 7, Against: 0)


The Chairman advised that he had made a point of visiting the Complex, with the Clerk, on successive Tuesdays to meet largely all the Tenants.

She had specific discussions with the DTAL representative reiterating the Committee line of hiring the Hall at the given rates.

The Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Town Clerk and Deputy Town Clerk had had a meeting with an applicant for the Market Street Shop Unit. They were impressed with the openness, belief in their offer, opportunity and would recommend the offer of a tenancy.

The Chairman had attended a Burton Gallery Event meeting obtaining a number of the local artists details that could provide for a staged event in the Market Hall.

The Chairman and Clerk had also had a meeting with a curator of the Burton who is providing a photographic display that will be staged in the Burton, through the Town (shops) and to the Hall.


Following the Meeting held on 20 February 2024 members had receipt of the Notes that had identified tasks with individual actions.

The Clerk highlighted an “Options Appraisal and Basic Feasibility Study” document presented to the Cultural Development Officer at TDC, highlighting finance items for Carbon Neutral Heating / Cooling, Roof, Racked Seating, AV Equipment, by the Town Clerk.

He referred members to Market Accounts / Budget statement. Whilst there was an application for funding from the Locality Budget for Items identified by the Group, he suggested that the Committee could proceed with the purchase of the identified tables / trolleys.

It was proposed by Councillor Bushby and seconded by Councillor Ms Clarke and

RESOLVED: That the identified tables and trolleys be purchased.

(Vote – For: 7, Against: 0)

Councillor Bushby spoke about the success of the Band practise in the Hall on 17 February and the potential to hire them (they do have a good following), a DJ, for an Event in the Hall. A bar could be run on terms that provide a favourable return for the Market.

Discussion continued opening the opportunity for collaborative work with SWEMS and a wider offer that could provide for the “Open Event,” day.

Other points included heating, the Ice Rink opportunity and Café improvements.


The Chairman invited Mrs Austin to address the Committee.

Mrs Austin thanked the Members for the opportunity to join them raising the following points:

a.   The gate on the south side of Butcher’s Row is very difficult and takes much time to open.

Councillor Bushy will attend.

b.   Having seen an old picture of the Pannier Market with Hanging Baskets she requested that Tenants, on a self-help basis, brighten the Butcher’s Row thoroughfare by replicating the initiative. Members acquiesced.

Mrs Austin requested, also that Devon flags / bunting be obtained for Butcher’s Row. The Members were again supportive; the Clerk requested that source details be provided.

c.   Mrs Austin indicated that where there is full occupancy of units by tenants it provided for a better impact, attraction for the visitor; similarly, it improves morale.

It was noted that there have been absences through sickness and medical grounds but there were those tenants who by not having an open door policy did not encourage engagement.

The Chairman intends to visit the Complex on a regular basis.

The Members thanked Mrs Austin for her contribution and positive outlook.


Proposed by Councillor Inch, seconded and

RESOLVED: That in view of the confidential nature of the business about to be discussed, it is advisable, in the public interest, that the public be excluded for the remainder of the meeting; the tenants were instructed to withdraw.

(Vote – For: 7, Against: 0)


The Chairman spoke about an agreement that had been made in terms of attendance, notification of absenteeism and rental payments.


Members noted the details provided by a letting agent offer in terms of promoting Market Complex shop units.


a.   Application.

It was proposed by Councillor Ms Clarke and seconded by Councillor Mrs Gubb and

RESOLVED: That Ms Andrews be offered the tenancy for 26 Market Street effective 1 April 2024.

(Vote – For: 7, Against: 0)

Members agreed to defer a decision on Shop Units 13 / 14.

Councillor McKenzie saw merit in returning double units to a single unit providing for an increased visitor offer, broader range and maximise opportunity.

b.   Tenant matters / increase in deposit payment.

Further to the Chairman’s detail Members gave full consideration to a Butcher’s Row Tenant’s period of occupancy and commitment to the basic tenets of their agreement.

In order to ensure effective management arrangements are upheld

It was proposed by Councillor McKenzie and seconded by Councillor Mrs Hellyer, and

RESOLVED: That the Tenant concerned be given One Month’s Notice to Quit the Shop Unit in Butcher’s Row. The Tenant must settle their account in full within the month or be subject to legal action.

(Vote – For: 7, Against: 0)

Members considered increasing the Deposit payment, for new tenants, following discussions during the Working Group Meeting.

It was proposed by Councillor McKenzie and seconded by Councillor Bushby and

RESOLVED: That the deposit payment for new tenants would be the equivalent of two months’ rent.

(Vote – For: 7, Against: 0)

The business of the meeting having been completed, the Chairman thanked the members for their attendance and the meeting concluded at 7.47 pm.


Table of Accounts for approval presented at Market Management Committee 7 March 2024

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