The Fur Free Markets Database

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This is a new council created as a result of the the amalgamation of Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole councils.

They have not yet developed a new policy in relation to markets and until they do (probably mid 2020) you should continue to check the individual council listings.

We will update all listings as we become aware of changes.

If you wish to raise any concerns around this then please contact Cllr Lewis Allison, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Communities, email: Lewis.Allison@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

SMT run the following Markets:

Classic Street Markets:

Art, Design, Antiques and Vintage:

SMT POLICY FOR PROHIBITED PRODUCTS

  1. Ivory: In response to the already strict regulations inflicted on the sale of ivory products and the growing cause for a total UK ban, SMT does not permit the sale of any ivory products, or items with ivory in them on any of our markets.
  2. Rhino Horn: SMT does not permit the sale of any rhino horn nor associated products, on any of our markets.
  3. Animal Fur: SMT does not permit the sale of any fashion item made in whole or in part from real animal fur on any of our markets.
  4. Drugs and Tobacco Products: SMT does not permit the sale of any illegal drugs nor tobacco products, on any of our markets.
  5. Fake Designer Labels: SMT does not permit the sale of any products with fake designer labels on any of our markets.
  6. Knives and other Weapons: SMT does not permit the sale of knives nor other weapons nor reproduction items, that could be used for criminal activity.
  7. Offensive Design/Slogans: Traders will be instructed to remove from sale with immediate effect, any item with offensive or inappropriate slogan or design.

We reserve the right to refuse or ask a trader to remove any items we feel do not comply with our policy.

We congratulate SMT on their ethical stance and have invited them to join the official Fur Free Markets scheme.

Please urge SMT to join the official Fur Free Markets scheme by contacting: smtmarkets@gmail.com

 

 

West Suffolk Council has the following markets: Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Newmarket, Brandon, Mildenhall for Provisions Markets

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:   Yes

The Council allows the sale of fur. They have refused to even consider 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 join the official Fur Free Markets scheme by contacting Councillor Peter Stevens, Cabinet Member for Operations, email:  peter.stevens@westsuffolk.gov.uk and Councillor Robert Everitt, Cabinet Member for Families and Communities, email: robert.everitt@westsuffolk.gov.uk 

New Milton Town Council has the following markets: Weekly street trading in the high street.

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 trader sells fur products.

However they confirmed they do not have a policy in place to prevent this happening.

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 join the official Fur Free Markets scheme by contacting Cllr Geoff Blunden, Chairman of Amenities Committee, email: geoff.blunden@newmiltontc.org.uk

Ringwood Town Council has the following markets:

Ringwood Town Council does not own or manage any markets or fairs directly (Ringwood’s historic Wednesday market is the subject of a Charter that is in private ownership). The Council manages Gateway Square and licences monthly Antiques and Decorative Arts Fairs there. These are managed privately under licence from this Council. The Licence makes no provision about the inclusion of animal fur in items offered for sale at these. The Council organizes a bonfire and firework display and a Christmas event every year and these include stalls. There is no policy concerning the inclusion of animal fur in items offered for sale at these. Other events that may include stalls are organized on an occasional basis. Again, there is no policy concerning the inclusion of animal fur in items offered for sale at these.

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:  In theory, yes (whether any do so in practice, I cannot say).

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 join the official Fur Free Markets scheme by contacting , Cllr. Jeremy Heron, Chair of Policy & Finance Committee, email: jeremy@keycops.co.uk

Lymington and Pennington Town Council has the following markets: Lymington Market, Christmas market, and Italia Festival Market.

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:   Yes

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 join the official Fur Free Markets scheme by contacting Cllr Barry Dunning, Chair of the Market Subcommitee, email: info@lymandpentc.org.uk .

Hythe and Dibden Parish Council has the following markets: Tuesday market operated by Southern Market Traders,  French Market by France at Home (twice yearly), Italian market by Italia in Piazza (twice yearly), and some occasional markets again organised by Southern Market Traders.

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: The Council does not have a policy as such but this is Southern Market Traders Policy:

SMT POLICY FOR PROHIBITED PRODUCTS

  1. Ivory: In response to the already strict regulations inflicted on the sale of ivory products and the growing cause for a total UK ban, SMT does not permit the sale of any ivory products, or items with ivory in them on any of our markets.
  2. Rhino Horn: SMT does not permit the sale of any rhino horn nor associated products, on any of our markets.
  3. Animal Fur: SMT does not permit the sale of any fashion item made in whole or in part from real animal fur on any of our markets.
  4. Drugs and Tobacco Products: SMT does not permit the sale of any illegal drugs nor tobacco products, on any of our markets.
  5. Fake Designer Labels: SMT does not permit the sale of any products with fake designer labels on any of our markets.
  6. Knives and other Weapons: SMT does not permit the sale of knives nor other weapons nor reproduction items, that could be used for criminal activity.
  7. Offensive Design/Slogans: Traders will be instructed to remove from sale with immediate effect, any item with offensive or inappropriate slogan or design.

We reserve the right to refuse or ask a trader to remove any items we feel do not comply with our policy.

The Council have asked to received our Fur Free Markets scheme information with a view to developing a cohesive poliy.

We are contacting both SMT and France at Home to invite them to join the Fur Free Markets scheme (Italia in Piazza is food only)

Please urge the Council to join the official Fur Free Markets scheme by contacting Helen Bradley, Parish Development Officer, email: helen.bradley@hytheanddibden.gov.uk

Wokingham Town Council has the following markets: Wokingham Town Markets.

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 CURRENTLY HAVE NO POLICY AS NO TRADERS SELL THESE PRODUCTS

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 Marianna Pentek, Market and Bloom Officer, email: marketandbloom@wokingham-tc.gov.uk

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

Newtown Town Council has the following markets: A regular Tuesday Charter Market and an annual Food Festival

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 have a policy that specifically states the sale of real fur, we do however have a policy that states :

“The Council will not permit the sale of any illegal, dangerous, or inappropriate products. The following, non-exhaustive, list of products, or product groups, is prohibited from sale at Newtown Charter Market;

 Guns, Replica Guns, Ornamental Swords and Knives (Except Kitchen Knives & Cutlery), Laser pens, Live Animals, Fireworks, Counterfeit Goods, Illegally Copied Videos, CD’s, DVD’s, MP3 disks & Computer Games, Drugs, Drug Related Products or Items Promoting the Taking of Drugs (inc. Legal Highs), Inappropriate or Offensive Products as deemed by Market Management

The Council reserves the right to amend the above list of products or product groups at any time.”

We sought clarification from the council if this would mean they would prevent the sale of real fur and they stated:

This would be a political decision that the Economy and Environment Committee  would have to consider on a case by case basis.

The Council allows the sale of fur. They did not respond to our offer to send 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 adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr Richard Edwards,  Chair of Economy and Environment Committee , email: richard.edwards@newtown.org.uk  

Harlow Council has the following markets: Occasional Events and Street Traders.

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:  The Council would not wish to be associated with the sale of real fur.

The Council no longer manages a market but does licence street traders and would not issue a licence to persons selling fur.  This would be communicated to the trader on application for a street trading licence.  

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 Danny Purton, Portfolio Holder for Environment,  email: danny.purton@harlow.gov.uk

Walsall Council has the following markets: Walsall, Willenhall and Bloxwich markets.  Darlaston market is outsourced and run by a private contractor

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:  Whilst our current policy does not contain fur as a prohibited item, our list is not exhaustive and can be changed from time to time.

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 Christopher Jones , Portfolio holder, Clean and green, email: cllr.chris.jones@walsall.gov.uk

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