Market rents remain same

RENTS for stalls on Driffield’s main street market have been pegged at £1 per foot.

Driffield town council clerk Claire Binnington told members of the market committee that there was no justification in raising rents for the coming financial year.

She provided a report on income and expenditure of the market over the last financial year which showed a £447 increase in revenue for the year ending March 2011.

The six months from April to September 2012 showed a £2,458 increase on the same period last year.

Costs had remained static at £17,600 a year.

The committee heard that there had been an increase in the number of bespoke stalls on the market, such as hand made jewellery and wooden products.

The cheese stall had ceased its pitch but the market officer is trying to source a replacement.

Coun Joyce Fletcher has also requested that a burger van be found for the Thursday market if possible.

Mrs Binnington said that as a new trailer has been acquired she would now be able to buy two new stalls, although the type needed were about £700 each.

The committee agreed that in view of the cost only one stall should be bought at the current time.

A recent health and safety assessment at the market determined that sufficient room for ambulances and fire engines had been maintained and the market officer continued to regularly check health and safety issues to ensure that all risks were minimised.

Arrangements for trader parking facilities were working well and the clerk was asked to investigate the possibility of continuing the use of the former Bosch garage.