South Staffordshire District Council

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52-56 Wolverhampton Road Codsall England WV8 GB

Information requests have been submitted to this council on several occasions without response.

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Wolverhampton City Council 3.74 mi

Wolverhampton City Council has the following markets: Wolverhampton Retail Market, Bilston Retail Market, Wednesfield Retail Market & Wolverhampton Wholesale Market.  Outdoor Events Team also manage several fairs, festivals and other events within the City.

LSD Promotions is the Operator for all Occasional & Themed Markets within the City including; Farmers & Craft Market Dudley Street, Make It & Bake It Market Tettenhall, Bilston Sunday Market, Christmas Market Dudley Street.   LSD Promotions operate a strict No Fur policy and are members of our Fur Free Markets Scheme.

Here is the Council’s response to our FoI request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.

A:   ‘No’

The Markets Service are seeking the appropriate permission to signing up to the Fur Free Markets Scheme in the near future.

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment,  email: steve.evans4@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall. WS1 1TP 9.28 mi

Walsall Council has the following markets: Walsall, Willenhall and Bloxwich markets.  Darlaston market is outsourced and run by a private contractor

Here is the Council’s response to our Freedom of Information request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.

A:  Whilst our current policy does not contain fur as a prohibited item, our list is not exhaustive and can be changed from time to time.

The Council allows the sale of fur. They have asked to see our Fur Free Markets policy to consider.

Real fur is cruel and unnecessary. Please urge the Council to ban the sale of real fur on their markets and adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Councillor Christopher Jones , Portfolio holder, Clean and green, email: cllr.chris.jones@walsall.gov.uk

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Sandwell District, United Kingdom 9.8 mi

The Council operates markets in West Bromwich, Wednesbury, Oldbury, Great Bridge.

Here is the Council’s response to our FoI request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.

A:   There is no restriction on the sale of fur as long as it is legal to do so. However in reality it is most unlikely furs would be sold on our markets and has not happened in my memory.

The Council allows the sale of fur. Real fur is often sold cheaply as bobbles/ poms or trims and wrongly assumed to be fake, and it is of concern that the Council appear complacent about this. Please let us know if you suspect real fur being sold.

Real fur is cruel and unnecessary. Please urge the Council to ban the sale of real fur on their markets and adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr Dave Hosell, Cabinet Member responsible for markets, email: david_hosell@sandwell.gov.uk

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Dudley council 10.44 mi

Dudley MB Council has the following markets: Dudley Market, misc. Teenage and Craft Fayres throughout the year.

Here is the Council’s response to our FoI request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.

A:   The management company confirmed they do NOT allow real fur to be sold.

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr Ian Kettle, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development,  email: Cllr.ian.kettle@dudleymbc.org.uk

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Cannock Chase District, United Kingdom 10.75 mi

Here is Cannock Chase Council’s response to our FoI request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.

A:   NO

However, we have received no evidence of any official policy documents or guidelines to enforce this. The Council have been sent a Fur Free Markets policy and contract to sign and adopt, with no response so far.

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting  Councillor Dianne Todd at dianetodd@cannockchasedc.gov.uk .

Darby House, Lawn Central, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4JA, UK 11.22 mi

This council has advised us that they have no responsibility for trading stalls at markets or other events.

Civic Centre Riverside Stafford ST16 3AQ. 12.81 mi

Stafford Borough Council has the following markets: Stone Farmers’ Market, Stafford Farmers’ Market, Stafford Wednesday Market, Victorian Christmas Market, St. Johns Indoor Market, Stafford Cheese and Ale Festival, Staffordshire Day Market, Stafford Makers Market, Stafford Christmas Market.

Here is the Council’s response to our Freedom of Information request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.

A:  Although there is no policy/charter, traders are required to comply with the law in relation to the sale of fur, and custom and practice has developed in our permanent   markets to discourage the sales of fur.

Several attempts have been made to clarify the above information without success.

The Council allows the sale of fur. They have refused to even consider our Fur Free Markets policy.

Real fur is cruel and unnecessary. Please urge the Council to ban the sale of real fur on their markets and adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr F Beatty, Economic Development and Planning Portfolio, email: fbeatty@staffordbc.gov.uk

ST16 2DH 12.87 mi

This council has advised us that they have no responsibility for trading stalls at markets or other events.

 

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Wyre Forest District, United Kingdom 15.55 mi

Here is the Council’s response to our FoI request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.

A:  We don’t have a charter but the contract with market operators includes a provision: …The list of prohibited items is not exhaustive and Council reserves the right to prohibit the sale of goods if it deems it appropriate.

The Council allows the sale of fur, but will consider a Fur Free Market policy.

Real fur is cruel and unnecessary. Please urge the Council to ban the sale of real fur on their markets and adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr Marcus Hart, Leader of the Council, email: marcus.hart@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

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Birmingham City Council, Highfield Road, Saltley, Birmingham, United Kingdom 17.08 mi

Birmingham City Council has the following markets: Bull Ring Indoor Market, Bull Ring Open Market, Bull Ring Rag Market, Wholesale Market.

Here is the Council’s response to our Freedom of Information request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? 

A:  We do not currently have a policy on this matter and applications are considered on an individual basis.

The Council allows the sale of fur. They have asked to see our Fur Free Markets policy to consider.

Real fur is cruel and unnecessary. Please urge the Council to ban the sale of real fur on their markets and adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Brigid Jones, Deputy Leader of the Council, email: brigid.jones@birmingham.gov.uk .

 

25(A) Load Street Bewdley Worcestershire DY12 2AE 18.08 mi

Bewdley Town Council has the following markets: Riverside Market first and third Sundays in the month, bank holiday Mondays and at Christmas.

All are operated by LSD Promotions who are members of our Fur Free Markets Scheme.

Here is the Council’s response to our Freedom of Information request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.

A:  LSD Promotions operate all of our markets.  We don’t have any specific policies on fur free, but we are of course pleased to use an operator who takes this issue seriously.

They are considering our Fur Free Markets Scheme documents.

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Sharon Hudson, Town Clerk,  email:  townclerk@bewdleytowncouncil.org

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B61 8DA 20.63 mi

Bromsgrove District Council has the following markets: Bromsgrove town centre

Here is the Council’s response to our FoI request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.

A:   ‘No’

However, we are unaware of any official policy documents or guidelines to enforce this.

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr Karen May, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, email: k.may@Bromsgrove.gov.uk

Tamworth B79 7BZ, UK 20.73 mi

Tamworth Borough Council has the following markets: Tamworth Street Market.

LSD Promotions run the street market.  They have a strict No Fur policy and are members of our Fur Free Markets Scheme.

Fireworks, Christmas and other events are managed through the Tamworth Borough Council Arts and Events team. Stands/stalls at the following events:  St Georges Day, We Love Tamworth, Outdoor Cinema, Outdoor Theatre, Fireworks Night, Christmas Lights

Here is the Council’s response to our Freedom of Information request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.

A:  LSD Promotions and Tamworth Borough Council are very committed to preventing the sale of fur on the markets. As far as we are aware there are no traders selling real fur in Tamworth.

We are seeking clarification from Tamworth Borough Council on their policy regarding the sale of fur at events managed by their Arts and Events Team.

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr Steven Claymore, Portfolio holder for Regeneration,  email: steven-claymore@tamworth.gov.uk

Manor Square, Solihull West Midlands B91 3QB 22.86 mi

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has the following markets:

Regularly held events include, but are not restricted to, the following: 

Markets delivered on behalf of Solihull MBC by an external provider include monthly Farmer’s Markets and Fine and Local Food Fayres, as well as a series of up to six craft markets throughout the year.

• Markets and other events organised in the town centre by Solihull BID.  These include a Christmas market, Jazz Festival weekend and BIG Taste weekend.

• Community events, funfairs and other activities held in the Borough’s parks.  The main annual events include the following:

1. Robert Wilkinson’s Funfair – held in Meriden Park over two weekends per year, usually during May and July.

2. Solihull Carnival – organised by Solihull Lions and which takes place in Tudor Grange Park on one day in June.

3. Bob Wilson’s Funfair – held in conjunction with the Solihull Carnival but over three days from Thursday to Saturday.  They also provide some rides for other community events, including Solihull Summerfest and Solihull Round Table Fireworks Display (see below).

4. Donkey Derby – organised by Shirley Round Table and held on a Saturday during June.

5. Race for Life – organised by Cancer Research UK one Sunday during June and held in Malvern / Brueton Park and finishing in Mell Square.

6. Shirley Carnival – organised by Shirley Lions and held on a Saturday during July.

7. Solihull Summerfest – organised by One Music Management on behalf of Help Harry Help Others charity and held in Tudor Grange Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

8. Dorridge Day – organised by Knowle and Dorridge Round Table and held in Dorridge Park on a Sunday during September.

9. Fun in the Park – organised by Soroptimists International and held in Tudor Grange Park one Sunday in September.

10. Solihull Round Table Fireworks Display – organised by Solihull Round Table and held on a Saturday in November.

Here is the Council’s response to our Freedom of Information request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.

A:   Solihull MBC complies with the law when determining the items traders are allowed to sell when on Council land.  It is currently not illegal for these items to be sold so the sale of these goods would be permitted.

The Council allows the sale of fur. They have asked to see our Fur Free Markets policy to consider but stated:

Solihull MBC would not object to receiving copies of any information with regard to policy documents and stallholder agreements.  However, these would be received without prejudice.

There has been no further contact from the Council since this information was sent 31/01/18

Real fur is cruel and unnecessary. Please urge the Council to ban the sale of real fur on their markets and adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Councillor Alison Rolf, Cabinet Portfolio Holder – Environment and Housing, email: alison.rolf@solihull.gov.uk

Shrewsbury SY2 6ND, United Kingdom 23.28 mi

Shropshire Council has the following markets: Market Drayton street and indoor Market, 

Shrewsbury Market – responsible for the permanent stalls located around the perimeter of the market floor and gallery

Ellesmere Market Hall – leased out to ‘All together Ellesmere’

LSD Promotions are contracted to run the Market Drayton market.  They have a strict No Fur policy and are members of our Fur Free Markets Scheme.

Here is the Council’s response to our Freedom of Information request:

Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.

A:  We do not have a policy on this.

The Council allows the sale of fur. They have asked to see our Fur Free Markets policy to consider but stated:

Yes, but this does not imply we will incorporate this wording into any of our agreements

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Cllr Steve Charmley, Portfolio holder for Corporate Support,  email: steve.charmley@shropshire.gov.uk

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