Norwich Junkyard Market poised for Christmas return - if council gives green light
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Organisers of a street food event which raised £27,000 for charity will learn next week whether it will be able to return to the city over the festive period.
Norwich Junkyard Market has applied to Norwich City Council for a licence to allow it to return to St Mary’s Plain for another spell over Christmas, following a popular stint across the summer.
The markets had previously run under temporary events notices (TEN), however, with a finite amount of these allowed to be issued each year, the organisers have been left to apply for another licence to enable its return.
But after a number of neighbours lodged objections to the application, the decision over whether to grant it now rests with councillors, who will decide on Monday if the events can go ahead.
The objections include concerns from neighbours that the event caused disruption to their lives during summer.
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One person wrote: “I live in Duke Street and have attended the market itself which was a great temporary event, however, I found at weekends people coming and going to the event are extremely noisy and disruptive, so I wouldn’t like to see this continue.”
Eleven neighbours in total have objected to the new licence, along with the Norwich Market Traders Association, which had previously complained that the event was driving trade away from the city centre. However, Ben Price, Green Party city councillor for the Thorpe Hamlet ward, has written to the committee offering his support.
He wrote: “This business has operated under TENs, so I have seen first-hand the safe and family friendly nature of this unique offering to the Norwich hospitality scene.
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“It is fully Covid compliant and by its nature with short sittings, three times a day, does not encourage antisocial alcohol consumption.”
Michelle Bartram, Norfolk Constabulary’s licensing officer, has also not objected to the licence being granted, adding that the previous seven-week stint was “successful and without incident”.
Michael Femi-Ola, one of the events organisers said: “We are keen to work alongside our neighbours and do whatever we can to mitigate the impact of the operation of the Junkyard Market and hopefully run a great festive event for the whole city to enjoy.”