The Superintendents to be heard.
The Committee heard oral updates from the Markets Superintendents on the matters set out below.
Coronavirus and Brexit impact – there had been
little change since restrictions were eased with steady trade and
tenants geared towards supplying local customers/businesses doing
better than those geared towards supplying
Since the last Markets Committee, the three Market
Superintendents had met with the Energy Team to gain an
understanding of how energy was sourced and further updates would
be provided following a planned tenants liaison meeting.
The Lord Mayor visited the Market in June where the
peppercorn rent of one salmon that the CoL pays to Tower Hamlets,
was presented to the Speaker of the Council.
4. There was close liaison with the Metropolitan Police who had visited the Market and delivered site specific training package called SCaN (See Check and Notify) geared towards all front facing roles focussing on how to recognise suspicious behaviour.
Committee Members were invited to attend the annual committee visit
to Billingsgate Market to be held on 9th September
2021. Invites would be sent in due
course and Members were requested to RSVP to the Town Clerk’s
Vehicle numbers have remained steady from April to June 2021 but there had been a 15% drop in vehicle numbers compared to the same period last year. It was hoped that vehicle number would increase once all Covid restrictions were lifted on 19 July. Hospitality/event businesses re-opening would benefit catering supply businesses, some of whom were operating at about 30% of pre pandemic levels.
Climate action policy
From May 2020 to May 2021, more than 500 tonnes of food was donated to City Harvest. This equates to 1.2m meals and has offset 1,900 tonnes of Co2 emissions. From January 2020 to Jan 2021, 11.5 tonnes of waste were generated at the market, none of which went to landfill. Waste was repurposed as follows:
ØCardboard and plastic sold for reuse in other industries
ØWood shredded for the energy industry
ØOrganic matter sent anaerobic digestion facility to create energy
ØFly tipped tyres shredded to make matting for play areas in parks
ØSoil from road sweeping is cleaned and reused, oils/slurry is cleaned – water is returned to the water system and oils made into pellets for the energy industry
ØPolystyrene treated and used in the clothing and plastic industry.
LED lighting had been installed in all communal areas of the site reducing energy consumption by 10%, resulting in reduced energy costs. Officer were also working with businesses to replace lighting on their premises to further reduce energy consumption.
Rental of empty catering units
Officers were working jointly with the City Surveyors Department to advertise and rent vacant units and there were a number of prospective tenants.
There was no significant impact to date but the shortage of HGv drivers could impact on supply chains and this would be kept under review.
The SpMTA had not confirmed their Councils concrete agreement to conversion to electric vehicles but discussions were ongoing with a view to converting to electric vehicles over the next 3 years. A battery bank/ancillary business was also being explored to reduce the number of electric charging points on site as this was a fire safety concern.
Markets Committee visit
Committee Members were invited to the annual visit to New Spitalfields Market to take place on 22 September 2021. Invites would be sent in due course and Members were requested to RSVP to the Town Clerk’s Office.
· Car Park income had seen a positive recovery and income was up by £67k (42%) compared to April to June 2020. Income collection would be included in these oral updates going forward.
RESOLVED – That the updates be noted.