Taunton Deane Borough Council

40 Belvedere Road Taunton England TA1 1BS GB

Taunton Deane Borough Council has the following markets: the council does not directly own or manage markets, but a street trading consent has been issued to the Council’s Business Development department who in turn allow street trading and event organisers to run markets, fairs, festivals in Taunton town centre throughout the year.

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:  No.

However, we are unaware of any official policy documents or guidelines to enforce this.

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Councillor Patrick Berry, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services and Climate Change, email: cllr.p.berry@tauntondeane.gov.uk or Councillor Kelly Durdan, Licensing Committee, email: cllr.k.durdan@tauntondeane.gov.uk

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Caerphilly County Borough Council has the following markets:

-Bargoed Spring Fair

-Caerphilly Food Festival

-Blackwood Beach Party

-Risca Summer Festival

-Caerphilly Big Cheese

-Ystrad Mynach Festive Fayre

-Bargoed Winter Fair

-Risca Winter Fair

-Blackwood Winter Fair

-Caerphilly Christmas Market

Here is Caerphilly County Borough Council’s response to our FoI request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur?

A: We do not knowingly accept stall holders who could sell real fur at our events

They also stated they:

would welcome your offer of guidance for our fairs and markets

They have asked to see our Fur Free Markets policy to consider.

Please urge the Council to adopt an official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr Sean Morgan, Cabinet Member for Economy, Infrastructure, Sustainability & Wellbeing of Future Generations Champion, seanmorgan@caerphilly.gov.uk.

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Reading Borough Council has the following markets: Reading Market (Hosier Street), Butter Market (Market Place)

Here is the Council’s response to our FoI 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:   I have spoken with the Markets manager and they have confirmed that whilst they do not have a policy preventing stall holders selling real fur, they are not aware that it is sold.  

The Council allows the sale of fur.

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 portfolio holder Councillor Sarah Hacker, email: Sarah.Hacker@reading.gov.uk

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Here is the Council’s response to our FoI 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:   This is not specified.

The Council allows the sale of fur.

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 Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, email: Cllr.Charles.Smith@Bridgend.gov.uk

This council has advised us that they have no responsibility for trading stalls at markets or other events.
This council has advised us that they have no responsibility for trading stalls at markets or other events.
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Herefordshire Council has the following markets: Hereford Retail Market (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday), Hereford produce and craft market (every Thursday, and first Saturday of each month), Hereford Christmas Markets (December)

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:  No

Please see extract from Market Trader agreement.

2.7:2 No firearms (real or imitation), air weapons, sheath knives, cut-throat razors, hunting / fighting knives, bows or crossbows may be available for sale, domestic cutlery is permitted.
The sale of any item that may be deemed to be of a harmful, objectionable or of an offensive nature, or is prohibited by current Acts of Parliament will not be permitted.

However, there is no information as to how this applies to fur.  They have asked for information on our Fur Free Markets scheme

Real fur is cruel and unnecessary. Please urge the Council to ban the sale of real fur on their markets and join the official Fur Free Markets scheme by contacting Cllr John Harrington, Cabinet member for Infastructure and Transport, email: John.Harrington@herefordshire.gov.uk

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Here is the Council’s response to our FoI 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 allow real fur to be sold on the markets

However, we are unaware of any official policy documents or guidelines to enforce this.

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting

Councillor Donna Jones, PRED Portfolio holder, including markets, email: Councillor.donna.jones@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

This council has advised us that they have no responsibility for trading stalls at markets or other events.

We have now received a partial response but have requested clarification and completion of our FOI request.

Sedgemoor District Council has the following markets:  Weekly Friday Castle Market in Fore Street, Bridgwater. Yearly Bridgwater fair which runs for 4 days always starting on the last Wednesday in September.

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:   Not specifically prohibited  

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 Councillor Michael Caswell, Business and Development, email: michael.caswell@sedgemoor.gov.uk.

Bewdley Town Council has the following markets: Riverside Market first and third Sundays in the month, bank holiday Mondays and at Christmas.

All are operated by LSD Promotions who are members of our Fur Free Markets Scheme.

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:  LSD Promotions operate all of our markets.  We don’t have any specific policies on fur free, but we are of course pleased to use an operator who takes this issue seriously.

They are considering our Fur Free Markets Scheme documents.

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Sharon Hudson, Town Clerk,  email:  townclerk@bewdleytowncouncil.org

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Here is the Council’s response to our FoI 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:   NO

However, we are unaware of any official policy documents or guidelines to enforce this.

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of the Council, email:EDole@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

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East Hampshire  District Council has the following markets: Petersfield Market

Here is the Council’s response to our FoI 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:   The Council allows the sale of fur.

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 Portfolio holder for Commercial Commissioning – Cllr Tony Costigan, email tony.costigan@easthants.gov.uk and Portfolio Holder for Business Support – Cllr Glynis Watts, email glynis.watts@easthants.gov.uk

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Here is the Council’s response to our FoI 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:   In terms of those markets managed by City Centre Management the permitted uses granted relates to general product lines rather than anything specific such as those items referred to above.

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 Councillor Robert Francis-Davies – Cabinet Member for Development and Regeneration, email: Cllr.Robert.Davies@swansea.gov.uk

 

This council has advised us that they have no responsibility for trading stalls at markets or other events.
This council has advised us that they have no responsibility for trading stalls at markets or other events.
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Here is the Council’s response to our FoI 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:   The Isle of Wight Council does not have a policy on this

The Council does not prohibit the sale of real fur.

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 Councillor Gary Peace, email:  gary.peace@iow.gov.uk

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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:  There is nothing in the contract that restricts the sale of fur items

The Council allows the sale of fur and has refused to even consider or look at our Fur Free markets policy. 

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 Councillor Mark Unsworth (in relation to licensing), email: Cllr.unsworth@purbeck-dc.gov.uk

Gosport Borough Council has the following markets: Gosport Market (Tuesday and Saturday)

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 would ask stall holders to withdraw products if brought to our notice

Although the council agreed to consider our Fur Free Markets scheme, they have since informed us:

it has been decided that for the time being our informal policy of not allowing fur is sufficient.

This is disappointing.  No market can ever be fur free if it has a policy of being reactive rather than proactive.

Please urge the Council to join the official Fur Free Markets scheme by contacting Councillor Graham Burgess, Chair of Community Board, email: graham.burgess@gosport.gov.uk

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