New Market management proposals: a culture change or more of the same?
The council says its wants a “culture change” in how it runs the Market after decades of mistrust and neglect. The proposals? An informal advisory board with no decision making powers where traders will be outnumbered by councillors with little experience in running a Market. These proposals will be discussed on wednesday 18th dec at the Executive Board meeting 1pm. Reports can be read here. Below are our comments.
- The traders themselves have not been involved in the drafting of this paper and have only been marginally involved in the discussions around new management proposals.
- The proposed new structure will be “informal” will not actually have decision making powers but “advisory”. How will this be different to the Market Forum which did not work?
- Traders will be outnumbered by politicians who have none or little expertise in running a Market.
- The new management structure will come in too late to have a significant impact on the redevelopment proposal and new lease arrangements and instead relegated to advise during the commencement of the actual works.
- The proposed independent advisers all seem to be from a commercial/marketing background with no consideration given to experts on social inclusion, social services, vulnerable groups.
- There is a lost opportunity to understand the Market as a Public Service which is essential to those more vulnerable.