The Fur Free Markets Database

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Ashfield District Council operate the following general retail markets: Hucknall outdoor market; Kirkby-in-Ashfield outdoor market;  Sutton-in-Ashfield outdoor market; Idlewells Market; indoor market at Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Here is Ashfield’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 authority do not have a policy which would prevent these items being sold.

 The Council allows the sale of fur. They have asked to see our Fur Free markets policy, but adding: “on a no commitment basis.”

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 Matthew Relf, Portfolio Holder for Place, Planning & Regeneration, Email: cllr.m.relf@ashfield.gov.uk

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Ashford Borough Council has the following markets:  Ashford Town Market, Tenterden Market (High Street), Create Festival

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 current policy restrictions, and no restrictive conditions on consents/licences.

The Council allows the sale of fur. They also refused our offer of recommended policy wording, stating:  We are not currently looking at policy development in this area

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 Peter Feacey, Chair of the Licensing and Health & Safety Committee, email: peter.feacey@ashford.gov.uk

Babergh District Council has the following markets: Hadleigh 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:  Sheepskins , no specific agreements re animal products other than live animals but we have no stalls offering this kind of product

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 John Ward, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, email: john.ward@babergh.gov.uk  or Cllr Michael Holt, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, email: michael.holt@babergh.gov.uk

Barnsley Borough Council has the following markets: Barnsley Central, Hoyland, Goldthorpe, Penistone, Wombwell

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 adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr Tim Cheetham,  Cabinet Spokesperson – Regeneration and Culture, email:  cllrtimcheetham@barnsley.gov.uk

Barrow-In-Furness Borough Council has the following markets: Barrow Indoor and Outdoor 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 consider each application to trade on its own merits

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 Ann Thompson, Leader of the Council, email:  mathomson@barrowbc.gov.uk .

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

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

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Bassetlaw District Council has the following markets: Retford Market, Worksop 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:  Traders are allowed to sell real fur but no examples have been seen

We do not have specific policies on this subject

We do not require sample policies or agreements

 

The Council allows the sale of fur and has 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 adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr Jo White,  Portfolio holder for Economic Development, email: Jo.White@cllr.bassetlaw.gov.uk

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Bath & NE Somerset Council has the following markets: Guildhall Market, High Street

Here is the Council’s response to our FoI request:

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

A:   ‘We would not knowingly accept any stallholder tenancy selling real fur products.’ 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 Charles Gerrish, Cabinet Member for Finance and Efficiency, email: charles_gerrish@bathnes.gov.uk

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

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Bedford Borough Council has the following markets: Wednesday Charter Market, Thursday Gourmet Food Market, Thursday Kempston Market, Friday Home & Garden Market, Saturday Charter 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:   We do not knowingly encourage the sale of goods containing real fur, however, it is impossible to inspect every single product line on offer. There is currently nothing within the market regulations to prevent the sale of these items. There is, however, a blanket ban on the sale of any animals.

The Council does not prohibit 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 Dave Hodgson,  the Mayor of Bedford and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Rural Affairs and Partnerships,  email: dave.hodgson@bedford.gov.uk

June 2018 – we have received an update from the Mayors Office:

the Council does not have a specific policy with regards to the sale of fur at our markets. However, we actively discourage the sale of fur and refuse permission if asked. We are currently revising our market regulations to prohibit the sale of fur on the markets, which is subject to member approval.

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Belfast City Council has the following markets: St George’s Market (owned and managed by BCC) Smithfield Market (owned and managed by BCC) The Continental Markets at Christmas and Spring (owned and contracted to Market Place Europe Limited).

Here is Belfast City 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:  Some stall holders sell fur, some stall holders sell antiques and vintage items so some fur may be included in these items. These would amount to a few small items. There is currently nothing in place to prohibit the sale of fur at the markets.

 

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 an official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Dirdre Hargey, Chair of the City Growth and Regeneration Committee, email: hargeyd@belfastcity.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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The Council has a monthly artisan market and a Christmas 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:  We have a specific resolution which states: ‘this Council does not condone the sale of what it considers to be racist, offensive and/or inappropriate items at our Artisan Market.’ We have not had sellers of real fur on the market and we would use this resolution to ensure that such requests were managed appropriately.

They have additionally stated:

I can confirm that we do not permit the sale of fur and we intend to strengthen the wording accordingly.

 

However, we are unaware of any official policy documents or guidelines to enforce this. The Council have been sent our Fur Free Markets policy.

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Chief Officer Sarah Haydon at biddulph@staffordshire.gov.uk.

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Birmingham City Council has the following markets: Bull Ring Indoor Market, Bull Ring Open Market, Bull Ring Rag Market, Wholesale 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? 

A:  We do not currently have a policy on this matter and applications are considered on an individual basis.

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 Brigid Jones, Deputy Leader of the Council, email: brigid.jones@birmingham.gov.uk .

 

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:  NO

However, we have received no evidence of any official policy documents or guidelines to enforce this. The Council have been sent a Fur Free Markets policy and contract to sign and adopt, with no response so far.

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Councillor Dave Smith at david.smith@blackburn.gov.uk

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

Blaenau Gwent Borough Council has the following markets: weekly markets in Abertillery, Ebbw Vale & Brynmawr

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 regarding Market Traders selling real fur products. However, if our attention was brought to such an incident, Officers would liaise with colleagues in Trading Standards for advice.

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 Garth Collier, Executive member for Environment, email:Garth.Collier@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk .

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

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