Agenda and minutes
Venue: Floral Pavilion, Marine Promenade, New Brighton
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Members of the Panel are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non pecuniary interests, in connection with any application on the agenda and state the nature of the interest.
Members of the Panel were asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non pecuniary interests, in connection with any application on the agenda and state the nature of the interest.
Councillors A Hodson, D Mitchell and D Burgess-Joyce declared a non pecuniary interest in item 2 – Application for a Market Rights Licence, by virtue of being Members of the Economy, Regeneration and Development Committee (minute 55 refers).
Councillors A Hodson, D Burgess-Joyce and D Mitchell declared a non pecuniary interest in this matter by virtue of being Members of the Economy, Regeneration and Development Committee (minute 54 refers).
Members of the Regulatory Panel considered an application for a Market Rights Licence. The application had been made by the Woodside Area Community Interest Company (“CIC”)and related to land at Woodside Ferry Village, adjacent to Woodside bus station. If granted, this would allow a market to take place at Woodside Ferry Village for a period of no more than two years.
The Licensing Manager advised that the options available to the Panel were to grant Woodside Area CIC a Market Rights Licence or to decline to grant such a licence. Should the Panel choose to grant a Markets Rights Licence it could do so with conditions and may also charge an issue payment representing compensation to the Council for the use of its Charter Rights. The Council’s Commercial Team had not suggested that an issue payment should be levied in this case. If this market is a commercial success and the applicant applies to renew the licence upon its expiry, an issue payment could be considered at that point.
The Licensing Manager informed
Members that the Council acquired Birkenhead Market and the
associated Charter Rights to hold a market on 2 February 2019.
These Charter Rights give the Council the exclusive right to
markets and fairs within the common law distance of 6
2/3 miles from the boundary of Birkenhead
Market (“Charter Area”). The Council currently owns and
operates Birkenhead Market in addition to retaining the Charter
Rights. These Charter Rights can be used by the Council to manage
markets and fairs that take place within the Charter Area. The
controlled use of markets can encourage economic and social
benefits within communities whilst preventing abuse or over
The applicant, Woodside Area CIC was established by the Wirral Chamber of Commerce with the objectives to:
· Carry out activities which benefit the community;
· Provide 'meanwhile' space with a view to regeneration in the Woodside Area;
· Benefit inhabitants of the Woodside and surrounding area (including potential job creation, regeneration, support for projects and events that promote economic growth);
· Support small business and 'start up' companies;
· Promote a sustainable and environmentally friendly area to attract visitors;
· Foster networks, collaborations and cluster activities between sectors, businesses, and the community.
Woodside Area CIC had recently identified the opportunity to expand their food and beverage offer at Woodside Ferry Village to include retail units located outside on land adjacent to the Ferry Terminal Building. The application for a Market Rights Licence followed their bid through the Town Deal fund to extend their activities and deliver a retail offer on this under-utilised land.
It was proposed that products sold would be limited to those that are made or created by the sellers. This would ensure that the offer would be different to that of Birkenhead Market which has a more varied ... view the full minutes text for item 18.