New market rules will allow parties and groups to pitch in Bury St Edmunds town centre

Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury borough councillor for Clare ward
Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury borough councillor for Clare ward
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Political parties and pressure groups will be offered the chance to set up prime location pitches in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill town centres under proposals to be discussed soon.

Changes to market licence regulations will allow them to take out a pitch at a prime town centre location on non-market days.

They will also be able to apply for street vending permission to operate at other suitable town centre locations on market days.

Cllr Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury’s cabinet member for economic growth, said there had been complaints about groups operating on the markets.

“We recognise that our market stall holders are businesses, there to trade, rather than to promote ideologies.”

Cllr Pugh said the council recognised the need for parties and groups to communicate with people in the towns.

“We are absolutely not putting a stranglehold on democracy or freedom of speech,” he said.

“There is a time and a place for everything and the most workable solution is for these parties and groups to be at locations that long experience has identified as being good for the dissemination of information.”

The proposals will be discussed by St Edmundsbury’s cabinet on September 2.