Basingstoke and Deane Council has the following markets: Wednesday and Saturday markets (contracted out to Hughmark Continental Ltd.)
In addition, there are a number of trading stalls and food/beverage stalls at Basingstoke Live, an annual music event managed by the council’s Events Team.
Here is the Council’s response to our Freedom of Information request:
Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.
A: we do not currently have a policy within our market contract that fur should not be sold and as far as we are aware the situation has not arisen.
The Council allows the sale of fur. They have asked to see our Fur Free Markets policy to consider.
Real fur is cruel and unnecessary. Please urge the Council to ban the sale of real fur on their markets and adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr Simon Bound, Deputy Leader Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Partnerships, email: Cllr.Simon.Bound@basingstoke.gov.uk