Beans ban for markets

VINCENT city council has voted to ban the sale of coffee and hot drinks at the Leederville farmers’ market.

Two weeks ago the Voice reported market organiser Paul Ashbolt saying he would pull the plug on the Sunday morning markets if the ban went through. Rent and the long list of council rules were bad enough, but the prohibition of coffee sales would pretty much kill the whole thing, he said.

At the time of going to print, Mr Ashbolt was unavailable for comment.

Mayor John Carey says his patience is wearing thin with the market organisers.

“They’re proposing 60 stalls and if they are telling me this is make or break over a few coffee stalls then they need to get real—we will go and find other operators. Believe me, there are other people interested, and because of the way they have approached this, it’s wearing thin for the community and council.

“It’s not like the Kyilla markets where there are no nearby cafes. This is in the heart of the town centre and you can walk to a cafe in Oxford Street in no time.”

The markets previously rented private space and organisers had hoped for some fee relief from the council to enable more promotion.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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