The Market Superintendents for Billingsgate, New Spitalfields, and Smithfields Markets, to be heard.
The Committee heard oral reports from the Market Superintendents as set out below.
· Glass canopy – further repairs were due to start on 21st January 2021 whilst maintaining access and egress for deliveries, customers and contractor servicing. It was expected that this phase of works would be completed by the end of February 2021. (East Poultry Avenue had reopened on 30th November 2020). Funding for the glass works to the south west elevation was estimated at c£75,000 and would be met from the cyclical works budget through the City Surveyor.
· Tenants Meeting – a meeting was planned for the following week to discuss Heads of Terms and an action plan of projects/schemes of work for prioritisation during the remaining time at the current site.
· Christmas trading – This went without incident despite reduced traffic management support from the Metropolitan Police. Trade buyers were allowed access to the market two hours earlier than normal, in part to manage traffic congestion and social distancing on the market. Trading continued for many tenants much longer than usual during in the fortnight before Christmas, due to restricted access to the public.
· Covid-19 – in response to a request from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, there had been an increase in use of the site for mobile testing. Face coverings were required in all communal indoor spaces and this was being monitored in consultation with Environmental Health and Public Health Officials.
The Chairman emphasised the need for consistency across all markets in following the Covid-19 Regulations and Public Health Guidance and in response, Officers stated that written advice/guidance had been provided to traders in respect of Covid-19 and also EU imports.
That that the oral updates be noted.