Bantry Market

by Brian Moore

TRADERS at Bantry’s Friday Market were told this week that the market rights would not be removed.

Following legal opinion the council are now moving to regulate the popular weekly market.

“The Council, as you are aware will be drafting new bye-laws for trading in Bantry. These bye-laws will cover days when the town is so defined as a market town, i.e. the fair on the first Friday and as a market on every other Friday, and on days when it isn’t so defined, so as to allow casual trading for special events,” a statement from CCC said.

While the future of the Bantry market is no longer in doubt, traders who wish to sell at the market will require a casual trading licence.

“A casual trading licence will be needed for all days that trading takes place, yet of course, different considerations need to be addressed for Fridays when the town is either a fair or market.

“There is no question that the casual trading bye-laws will limit the franchise market. Lest there be any doubt, it was not the Council’s intention to limit the area where the market in Bantry trades from.

“Due to the obtuse nature of the law it was felt that extinguishment was the only course to be taken to legally regulate the market.

“The Council will not be attempting to prevent people from entering the market. Anybody in possession of a licence following the introduction of the bye-laws will be allowed trade in the area,” the CCC statement continued.

The finer details and the charges to be levied for trading at Bantry market are yet to be decided but CCC have confirmed that there will be no double charging.

“The mechanics of the form of casual trading licence is still to be decided, yet the Council is clear that there is no question that double charging will take place in Bantry.

“For a considerable period of time, no toll has been imposed on market traders in Bantry.

“Whether the charge to be incurred in Bantry is to be a toll for usage or by way of a fixed sum at the beginning of the year, double charging will not occur” the CCC statement concluded.