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13th May 2020 at 11:14 am #2976Rupert SelbyParticipant
Prior to the rather confusing messages from the Government last night the team have been working on the service business recovery plan and exploring options for when different aspects of the service can return and in what way, shape or form or at all.
As part of this process the document attached will be going out to all traders to begin stimulating thoughts and actions prior to any relaunch of trading sites access Hackney. We will require traders to work with us and take ownership for adapting the delivery of their commodity and business when trading in Hackney.
You will have seen articles and news segments on national media on people in hackney floating social distancing guidelines. It is these types of actions that will significantly impact our ability to facilitate market, shop front and street trading in Hackney and it will take a collective effort over the coming weeks and months to work together in ensuring what we do and how we operate is effective and maintaining the government guidelines as well as protecting the health and safety of the traders, assistants , public and my officers.
Social Distancing measures are going to be in place for the long haul and this will mean they way we operate for the rest of this year at least will be fundamentally different and everyone will have to adapt what they do and how they do it. We have modified trading in Ridley Road multiple times utilising options such as reduced trading pitches, security guards at ingress and egress points ensuring a closed market, social distancing advisers . regular enforcement and police patrols , 2 metre social distancing lines painted on the Highways and pavements as well as banners , posters and other media to advise and educate accordingly. This is very cost and resource heavy and is not a one size fits all approach as every one of our 32 trading sites is completely different.
I have been working with Jonathan Pauling the chief executive of the Alexandra Rose Charity https://www.alexandrarose.org.uk/pages/category/rose-vouchers for the last twelve months in growing the scheme in Hackney We have also signed up a number of additional traders during the pandemic to the Alexander Rose voucher scheme and have been receiving and processing the largest volume of these vouchers in London which also highlights just how many low income and vulnerable people and families we have living in Hackney.https://news.hackney.gov.uk/rose-vouchers-accepted-by-all-ridley-rd-traders-to-help-low-income-families-during-covid-19/ We will be sending out communications to all fruit and veg traders across the borough asking them to sign up and accept these vouchers as historically traders in Broadway, Hoxton and some of our satellite sites have declined previously. We would like the support of the associations to encourage all of the Fruit and Veg traders to join and be part of the scheme and support the local community.
As we get nearer an agreed plan for a specific site we will be engaging with the relevant association and traders. At present there are no plans for any other market operation until June at the earliest but this pay change depends on the further government guidelines local authorities are receiving later today.
Please continue to keep safe and well
Service Area Manager Markets, Shop Fronts and Street Trading
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