Report of the Director of Markets and Consumer Protection.
The Committee considered a report of the Director of Markets & Consumer Protection outlining submitted a request from Smithfield Market Tenants Association (SMTA) for a period of free parking for all workers and customers for four nights from 9pm on Sunday 28th March until 10am on Thursday 1st April 2021.
Members had mixed views on the length of the concessionary period to be granted and a Member suggested that in the absence of evidence to justify a concessionary period, the request from SMTA should be denied.
Other members took a different view supporting the officer recommendation to approve a one night concession, given the unprecedented challenges faced by businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
RESOLVED – That Option B, a one night concession on Wednesday/Thursday 31st March/1st April 2021 be approved.