Brixham Town Council has supported the Pannier Market since they took ownership of Brixham Town Hall in July 2012 and will continue to do so. The Council has recently issued new heads of terms to the market, which brings them in line with other hirers and tenants of the building.
The Heads of Terms include payment in advance, a small increase in hire charges but still on a discounted rate in comparison to an individual hiring the Scala Hall, with the main difference being to setup and pack away their stalls each day, which is no different to many other markets.
Brixham Town Council appreciates that some traders are not happy with the changes to the terms and have tried working with them to resolve their issues. However, rumours are spreading that it is Brixham Town Council that is closing the market and they want to make it clear that they are not and will continue to support the market.
“The Council represents Brixham and it is important that we act in the best interests of our residents, which includes having to consider the benefits of the events taking place in the Scala Hall,” said Cllr Jessica Stock, Chairperson to the Town Hall Sub Committee.
Cllr Jessica Stock said “We need to ensure the building is available for community use as much as possible to ensure the building is a viable asset. By asking the market to pack up each evening, it allows other hirers to book the hall on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday evening.”
“If traders can come into the room to discuss the issues with Councillors and officers then we are sure that progress can be made to the satisfaction of all parties, but more importantly to the satisfaction of the community whom we all serve.”
The Council’s Town Hall Innovation Working Group is also looking at long term plans to rejuvenate the Town Hall as a complex, but this scheme is likely to take 5-10 years before it comes to fruition. In the meantime, they are looking at ways to smarten the Scala Hall up over the next 12-24 months to make it more appealing to hirers.
If residents have any queries, they are welcome to contact the Town Council office for further information.Follow