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MARKET TRADER, MARCH 29 - APRIL 11, 2019 Proposed changes to carrier bag charges


In 2015 a 5p charge for single use carrier bags came in to force for large retailers, a move which saw single use plastic bags in large supermarkets drop by 86 percent. However, the government believes more


Council to bid for funding A digital impression of the new temporary stalls at Arnold Market.


A borough council in Nottinghamshire is hoping to get a boost of around £5m towards its plans to transform a town centre. With government funding currently up for


grabs, Gedling Borough Council is planning to bid for a slice of it to help finance a makeover of the centre of Arnold. The council is keen to create a more


vibrant town centre there, with better transport access into the area and improvements to the high street. Part of the plans include demolishing sections of Arnold Market. Deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr Michael Payne, told local media: “We hope the Government will agree with us that Arnold town centre is the perfect candidate for their Future High Streets Fund.


“We’re proud to have invested


in refurbishing Arnold Leisure Centre, Bonington Theatre and Cinema and to have purchased Arnold Market and renovated Eagle Square. “Our two hours free parking offer has also made a big difference and is here to stay.” Cllr Payne said the authority planned to


make improvements to Arnold Market, which it took over last July. He explained: “In April we will be installing


new improved temporary stalls on Arnold Market and demolishing the old stalls. “We will then work with residents, market


traders and local businesses to crack on with creating a modern, vibrant Arnold Market fit for the future.” The news comes after local media reported


in February that a group campaigning to ‘save’ Arnold Market had called on the authority to


needs to be done, and is proposing to amend regulations to extend the single use carrier bags charge to all retailers employing less than 250 employees, which will include market traders. The charge will also increase to 10p. A consultation on the proposals was launched in December 2018 and ended in February this year. The expected publication of the summary


of responses is likely to be late summer, and if agreed, the proposed changes will come into effect from January 2020. The government does not plan to impose any reporting obligations on these businesses, but as with large retailers, they will be encouraged to donate proceeds from the charge to charities or local good causes. If the new legislation comes in to force shoppers will be charged 10p for a single use carrier bag regardless of the size of the


speed up its redevelopment of the site. The closing date for submitting an expression of interest for the funding was March 22, and the council will now have to wait to hear if it has been shortlisted, before creating a business case in the summer. If the bid is successful the council’s plan is


to create a programme of events, make the town more accessible with improved access and bring empty and vacant buildings back into use. It is hoped that these improvements to the


retailer, unless the product purchased falls within the exempt categories. Currently you’re not required to pay


for plastic bags that are solely used for uncooked fish and fish products; uncooked meat, poultry and their products; unwrapped food for animal or human consumption – such as chips, or food in containers that aren’t secure enough to prevent leakage during handling; unwrapped loose seeds; flowers; bulbs, roots, stems and shoots, such as ginger; and goods contaminated by soil (like potatoes or plants). The government’s action to reduce


consumption of single-use plastic carrier bags and their effects on the environment has already brought significant benefits. The minimum charge of 5p on these bags


was introduced for large retailers in England in October 2015, and the last two years alone have seen a reduction in the supply of single use carrier bags by the major supermarkets of 13 billion compared to levels before the introduction of the charge. Additionally, last year alone saw retailers


donate £51m to charities and other good causes from the proceeds.


town centre will increase footfall and help to boost trade for local businesses. The council also plans to revamp the town’s Carlton Square shopping centre. On March 22 Gedling Borough Council tweeted: “We are closing Arnold Market from 3-12 April to demolish the old stalls and install some new temporary stalls that will look something like this. More permanent stalls will be installed at a later date but, for now, you will agree that these will improve the look of the market.”


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