Mansfield District Council accused of breaking the law over Christmas market

Welcome to Market Warsop  sign
Welcome to Market Warsop sign

WARSOP Parish Council has accused the district council of breaking the law by charging stallholders to trade at the Christmas market.

Traders had been paying £75 to secure at pitch at the event which takes place in Warsop on 6th December.

But ‘Market’ Warsop has its own markets charter which means it does not have to pay the levy to Mansfield District Council.

At a parish council meeting, chairman Stuart Moody questioned whether the district council would be reimbursing those who have already paid.

Coun Moody said: “It is illegal for them to charge £75. They shouldn’t have done it in the first place.

“They’ve broken the law. Are they going to reimburse the people who have already paid it?”

Bev Smith, corporate director of regeneration and regulation at the district council, said: “Traders were required to pay £75 to trade at Warsop Christmas Market in 2011 and at Warsop Carnival in both 2011 and 2012.

“We received six applications during this period and processed them accordingly.

“Information was provided to us last month showing that Warsop had a markets charter. It was agreed that traders would no longer be required to pay to trade.

“As a gesture of goodwill full refunds will be provided for the six applications.”