Talks on riverside market
Plans for a weekly riverside market in Bath have been halted while organisers and council officials try to reach an agreement.
The first Pulteney Weir market had been due to take place last Sunday, with organisers hoping that up to 50 stalls would be involved.
But they had not applied for a street trading licence for the event, nor had they cleared it with the three bodies which oversee the land involved: Bath and North East Somerset Council, the Recreation Ground Trust and Bath Rugby.
The market, which would have been run by the Bradford on Avon-based Canal Carrying Company and Riverside Leisure Management (RLM), will now start in December if the council's conditions can be met.
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Market boss Alfie Windsor said they had thought the land they were using between Pulteney and North Parade bridges was privately owned.
"Regrettably the market cannot go ahead for the time being.
"We met council officers to see if there was a pragmatic way to let the market proceed, but there was not.
"We therefore intend to work with the council to satisfy the various statutory obligations for use of their land but the procedures involved mean the market is unlikely to start before December.
"The market traders have all been informed and are very disappointed."
The market was tested with a trial run in August.
Meanwhile RLM, which also has a council contract to collect mooring fees along that stretch of river, has been told to stop hiring out bikes and to improve the electrical supply to a floating cafe boat.
B&NES has told the firm that it needs the authority's permission as landowner of a gravel area being used for bike hire.
And it has ordered it to disconnect electric cables which had been trailing across the quayside to the Bath Butty boat.
Mr Windsor said it was common for such cables to cross walkways and even sag into water.