Swale Borough Council

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Sittingbourne ME10 3HT, United Kingdom
East Street Sittingbourne England ME10 3HT GB

Swale Borough Council has the following markets: street markets in Faversham, Sittingbourne and Sheerness

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 Mike Cosgrove, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, email: cllrcosgrove@swale.gov.uk

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Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TR 9.91 mi

Medway Council has the following markets: Gillingham, Kent-Monday and Saturday, Strood, Kent-Tuesday and Saturday, Rochester, Kent- Monthly Farmers Market every third Sunday of the month

Festivals within the borough of Medway are managed by Medway Councils Events team.

Other events such as boot fairs, community events and Artisan Markets are managed through private organisers outside of the Local Authority.

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: In terms of animal fur as decorative flourishes, Medway Council makes the traders comply with the Textile Products (labelling and fibre composition)Regulations 2016 to have the products appropriately labelled. If traders fail to do this then a trader can commit a criminal offence. This approach is further enforced by stating that the failure to disclose the presence of fur is a potential criminal offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.  Furthermore the approach is solely based on the application of the legislation covering the description of the product and not the morality of their placement in the market place.

The Council allows the sale of fur.

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 Mrs Jane Chitty, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Economic Growth and Regulation, email: jane.chitty@medway.gov.uk

Maidstone ME14 1XQ, United Kingdom 10.34 mi
This council has advised us that they have no responsibility for trading stalls at markets or other events.
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Maidstone, United Kingdom 10.57 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 do not have a policy on selling real fur on Maidstone Markets

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  Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee Chair,  Cllr David Pickett, email: davidpickett@maidstone.gov.uk

 

UPDATE:

Respect for Animals supporter and campaigner for animals, Tim Licence, saw our new fur free market campaign and took action.

“I thought I’d have a go at campaigning to get my local council to adopt the policies.

I set up a petition and wrote a blog to try and make this happen, while I am planning on asking a question at a future council meeting.

Any help, promotion and support for this would be very appreciated.”

Sign here, especially if Maidstone Borough Council is your Local Authority:

https://meetings.maidstone.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?id=17

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Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, United Kingdom 13.42 mi

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has the following markets: Thursday general market and Saturday farmers and craft market

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:   ‘Neither sell real fur to our knowledge’

Please urge the Council to adopt the official Fur Free Markets policy by contacting Marzia Abel, Town Centre Manager, email: marziaabel@southend.gov.uk

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Ashford District, United Kingdom 14.31 mi

Ashford Borough Council has the following markets:  Ashford Town Market, Tenterden Market (High Street), Create Festival

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 current policy restrictions, and no restrictive conditions on consents/licences.

The Council allows the sale of fur. They also refused our offer of recommended policy wording, stating:  We are not currently looking at policy development in this area

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 Peter Feacey, Chair of the Licensing and Health & Safety Committee, email: peter.feacey@ashford.gov.uk

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Gravesham District, United Kingdom 15.52 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:  This does not currently form part of the Market Regulations and we have not received requests to sell real fur, but there may be occasions, e.g. vintage/antique stalls, when real fur may form part of a range of clothing.  Please forward a copy of a form of words that you suggest for consideration for inclusion in the Market Regulations.

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 Samir Jassal – contact email: samir.jassal@gravesham.gov.uk.

CT1 1YW 15.69 mi

Canterbury City Council has the following markets: Canterbury and Herne Bay General Markets

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:  There are no policy documents specifically covering the sale of real fur, though we would be happy to consider it.
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 Colin Perris, Market Manager, email: Colin.Perris@canterbury.gov.uk

ME19 4LZ 15.75 mi

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council has the following markets: one annual event – the Medieval Fair

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 these types of stalls only those selling food and toys. The Council has no written policy on this subject.

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 David Lettington, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Environment Services, email: david.lettington@tmbc.gov.uk

Kiln Road, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1TF 16.74 mi

Castle Point Borough Council has the following markets: Castle Point Show annual 1 day event.

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:  The situation has never arisen.  No stall holders have wanted to sell real fur.

We have written to the council to explain that most fur on trading stalls is a trim on the main item and therefore would not be listed in their application.

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 Andrew Sheldon, Cabinet Member for Customer Engagement and Commercialism, email:cllr.asheldon@castlepoint.gov.uk

Council Offices, South Street, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1BW. 16.8 mi

Rochford District Council has the following markets: Wild Woods Day

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:  Rochford District Council does not accept stallholders who advertise they sell fur, but we do not have a vetting system in place.

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 Cllr G J Ioannou, Executive Member for Enterprise, email: cllrgeorge.ioannou@rochford.gov.uk

Basildon Borough Council St. Martin's Square Basildon Essex SS14 1DL. 20.16 mi

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

Civic Offices, CO2 – 4th Floor, New Road, Grays, Essex RM17 6SL 20.27 mi

Thurrock Council has the following markets:  Grays Town Centre market is currently operated by Geraud Market Management Ltd.  South Ockendon market is managed by the council’s Housing Department.

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:   There are no formal processes around monitoring this

The Council allows the sale of fur. They did not respond to our offer to provide our recommended policy wording.
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 Gledhill, Leader of the Council, email: rgledhill@thurrock.gov.uk. and Cllr Coxshall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, email:mcoxshall@thurrock.gov.uk

Dartford DA1 1DR, UK 23.73 mi

Dartford Borough Council has the following markets: Thursday and Saturday Market, Annual Dartford Festival, 3 day 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: We have no specific policies relating to the sale of fur.

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 Cllr Chris Shipham, Deputy Leader of the Council, email: chris.shippam@dartford.gov.uk

TN13 1HG 24.28 mi

Sevenoaks District Council has the following markets: Swanley Wednesday market and Sevenoaks Wednesday and Saturday markets.

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: Yes, at Swanley Wednesday Market as the sale of real fur is not illegal.   In addition, Sevenoaks Town Council who operate the Sevenoaks Wednesday and Saturday markets on Sevenoaks District Council’s behalf, choose to prohibit the sale of real fur products by stall-holders. 

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 Cllr Matthew Dickins, Portfolio-holder for Direct and Trading Services , email: cllr.dickins@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1RS 25.1 mi

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has the following markets: Tunbridge Wells Farmers 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:  They would not look to take on a stall that would be selling fur products.  The Farmers Market does occasionally have craft stalls but no-one sells fur.

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 Gary Stevenson, Head of Environment and Street Scene,  email: Gary.Stevenson@tunbridgewells.gov.uk and Councillor Dr Ronen Basu, portfolio holder for sustainability, email: ronen.basu@tunbridgewells.gov.uk 

Shepway District Council Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2QY 25.83 mi

Shepway District Council has the following markets: Folkestone Town Centre

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 specify which items traders can sell and to date I’m not aware that we’ve ever been asked if they could sell real fur. Generally they sell food, plants, DVDs or ladies clothing/suitcases, certainly no ‘luxury’ goods or high-end expensive items.

The Council allows the sale of fur.

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 Clive Goddard, Chair of Planning and Licensing Committee, email: clive.goddard@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk

DA6 7AT 26.56 mi

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

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Maldon District, United Kingdom 26.65 mi

Maldon District Council has the following markets: Maldon Town Saturday & Thursday Market Burnham on Crouch Tuesday Market Promenade Park, Maldon, (Bank Holiday 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:   YES

The Council allows the sale of fur.

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 Sue White, Chair of the Community Services Committee, email: cllr.sue.white@maldon.gov.uk

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