The Superintendents to be heard.
The Chairman having invited the Superintendents to speak, the following matters were raised:-
· Noted that a meeting would be held next week with the LFMA on cleaning / maintenance issues.
· A GVA consultant had recently visited the market to interview tenants on wholesale / retail matters.
· On the entry barrier, it was noted that a gateway report had previously been submitted to the Committee. A proposed entry charge of £1 or £2 was anticipated to raise £460,000 a year which could be used for ongoing maintenance / capital projects / service charge subsidy. The barrier would also deter unauthorised users of the market. Arguments against the barrier included discouraging custom. Tenants had originally been against the proposal but were now in favour.
The Chairman asked that this matter be the subject of a written report (that has also gone to tenants) to the next meeting.
· The Superintendent referred to the previously circulated briefing note about the recent fire. He reported that the fire brigade had returned to investigate the incident and were satisfied with their findings and the procedures adopted by the market. The matter was now in the hands of the Corporation’s insurers.
· Members noted the success of the Smithfield 150 celebrations on the August bank holiday weekend despite the poor weather on the Sunday. The Chairman asked that the Committee’s thanks be recorded for the organisation of the event.