Council cuts down on free charity stalls at market

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Charities will only be able to pitch a stall for free at Belper Farmers’ Market once a year despite concerns it could ‘penalise’ them.

Belper Town Council voted to make the changes following a meeting on Tuesday, June 10. Previously charity stalls were always free on a monthly basis. However they will now have to pay the going rate if they come to the market more than once in 12 months.

Councillor John Nelson said: “It’s a farmers’ market and it could escalate into a charity market if we are not careful.”

Councillor Alan Broughton said: “There are certain charities that could do with a regular stall free of charge and I think it’s penalising them.”

Deputy Mayor Dan Booth said: “Suddenly people that come all the time can only come once a year and I think that’s harsh.”

The market is held on the second Saturday of every month.