A decision on whether to increase fees for stallholders at this year's Lincoln Christmas Market has been delayed until next week. The proposals include doubling some surcharges, and increasing rents for traders in some of the busiest shopping areas to reduce the council's subsidy of the event.
The executive of the City of Lincoln discussed the recommendations on Monday evening but decided a final decision should be made by the full council. The matter will now go forward to a meeting of the full council on the evening of Tuesday 26 June.
The author of a report recommending that prices should go up for traders at this year's Christmas market in Lincoln says it is right that stalls which cost the council more should pay more to avoid council tax payers having to subsidise the event.
The city council will meet to consider whether to approve Kate Ellis' suggestion that food stalls which cost more because of extra waste and inspections should pay more for their pitch.
The City of Lincoln Council will decide later whether to increase fees for traders at this year's Christmas Market. Officials will meet tonight to consider a report that makes the recommendation after figures showed last year's event made a loss of £113,000.
If the proposals are approved, stallholders inside the grounds of Lincoln Castle would have to pay an increase of 11% (around £100). Some food stalls would also see part of their additional levy doubled and anyone serving alcohol would need to pay a further £250 rather than the current £93.
– Kate Ellis, City of Lincoln Council.
The 2011 Christmas Market was considered the most successful to date. However, the Council still subsidised the market by £113,000. Whilst the market is not there to generate net income, if it can achieve a near break-even position this would assist the overall financial position of the council.