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Three month rent free period for market stalls and pavement licences

Published Wednesday, 05 August 2020

Wellingborough’s outdoor market, located in Orient Way and the Market Square, is again open for business, with an offer of a three month rent free period.

This offer is open to both existing and new traders at the market along with town centre retailers who may be finding it difficult to comply with the Covid-19 guidance for safe trading in their existing location. 

The general market is held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with a Bric a Brac market every Tuesday. Stall holders will be following the current Covid-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.  

 Why not pop down and visit the market first-hand to see what is on offer! 

Pavement Licences 

The Government has recently announced new legislation to enable local councils to grant a ‘Pavement Licence’ to outlets, who will be able to place removable furniture adjacent to their premises so they can serve food and drinks to their customers, who may prefer to sit outside.   

The Borough Council of Wellingborough made a decision at its recent council meeting not to levy a charge for the licence to encourage and support local businesses to operate safely whilst social distancing measures remain in place.   

Leader of the Council, Councillor Martin Griffiths says: “In the current circumstances it is likely that many shoppers feel safer and happier buying their goods in the open we are delighted be able to offer a free rent period for our market stall holders and for others who may wish to take a stall in the current climate, the introduction of pavement licences is an opportunity for local business to benefit from this new legislation and I am very pleased that as a council the decision was made to waive the proposed fee of £100 here in Wellingborough. “I really hope that market traders, shoppers, visitors to our town and the hospitality sector make the most of these opportunities in the weeks and months ahead, but at the same time everyone adheres to the law and follows all up to date guidance at all times”. 

The 2020 Act sets out two conditions that must be adhered to, that there should be no-obstruction and a smoke-free seating area. 


Applications must be made via the central licensing administration unit http://www.northantslicensing.gov.uk/