New boss to ‘boost fortunes’ of Covered Market

The Oxford Times: The Covered Market The Covered Market

A MANAGER is to be appointed to run Oxford’s Covered Market in a bid to boost its fortunes.

Oxford City Council has begun the search for someone to run the 240-year-old market as part of its action plan for the building.

The manager will work with traders to tackle some of the market’s problems.

Traders have welcomed the idea, saying it could help repair relations with the council.

Sue Norton, owner of CH Brown and Sons saddlers, said: “Relations with the council have been an ongoing problem because there always seems to be a rent review going on, but, having said that, at the last meeting it was more positive.

“If we had the right person, it would be good. The market has to stay traditional but a lot could be done if the market was kept clean and up to scratch.”

Joy Hetherington, of Oxford Aromatics, said: “A market manager is an excellent idea because they can co-ordinate traders and the council.”

City councillor Colin Cook, executive board member for city development, said: “The manager is going to cover all the bases.”

The move was approved by the city board at its meeting on Wednesday night.

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11:10am Fri 14 Feb 14

EMBOX2 says...

I think traders are being led up the garden path. Oxford City Council has done virtually nothing for this market for decades, and that isn't about to change.

All the manager will be, is the fall guy when the Council says "no" - he/she will be giving the bad news to traders. The manager will last probably 18 months at maximum.

This is a typical Labour administration. Invent a job for someone new when the estates department could do it. Oh but of course, anyone who knows that lot will know all they do is "take instruction". Jobsworths.
I think traders are being led up the garden path. Oxford City Council has done virtually nothing for this market for decades, and that isn't about to change. All the manager will be, is the fall guy when the Council says "no" - he/she will be giving the bad news to traders. The manager will last probably 18 months at maximum. This is a typical Labour administration. Invent a job for someone new when the estates department could do it. Oh but of course, anyone who knows that lot will know all they do is "take instruction". Jobsworths. EMBOX2

1:00pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Will the traders will be subject to a rent review to cover the £80k (guess) manager's salary?
Will the traders will be subject to a rent review to cover the £80k (guess) manager's salary? Andrew:Oxford

1:54pm Fri 14 Feb 14

mytaxes says...

Well done to our councillors they can always be relied on to employ more people whilst increasing our council tax. It's rather strange that Labour keep on banging the drum about the cost of living whilst taking more and more in council tax.
Well done to our councillors they can always be relied on to employ more people whilst increasing our council tax. It's rather strange that Labour keep on banging the drum about the cost of living whilst taking more and more in council tax. mytaxes

11:44pm Fri 14 Feb 14

sarahmw says...

I do not get why the traders think a market manager is a good idea cos the article said that the relationship between the council and the traders is poor, and yet it is the Council that will appoint a Market Manager.

Presumably the pay will come from the rent from traders - and the manager will have to do what the council want (lose the independant traders and get more chains in)? Not what the traders feel is best for the market to keep the independance of the market?
I do not get why the traders think a market manager is a good idea cos the article said that the relationship between the council and the traders is poor, and yet it is the Council that will appoint a Market Manager. Presumably the pay will come from the rent from traders - and the manager will have to do what the council want (lose the independant traders and get more chains in)? Not what the traders feel is best for the market to keep the independance of the market? sarahmw

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