Thursday 14 November 2019

Traders wary of new rules in revamp for Moore Street

Traders on Dublin's Moore Street.
Traders on Dublin's Moore Street.

Joyce Fegan

Dublin's Moore Street market is to undergo a major overhaul with traders having to sign up to a new code of practice.

Under new plans by Dublin City Council (DCC), floodlights on the famous market street are to be replaced by street lanterns and bollards will be put in place to mark out the trading area.

New canopies have also been proposed for all of the stalls.

In a DCC strategic report on the market, it states that there are 26 stalls currently in situ on the street and that "sprawling" is a major issue.

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Under the new code of practice that traders have to sign, "the issue of traders 'sprawling out' beyond their stalls and the delivery of stock on pallets from the Smithfield market will no longer be permitted".

Aside from the "sprawling out", anti-social behaviour and the black-market sale of cigarettes is another issue earmarked for action in the report.

"There is a major issue with anti-social behaviour, in particular the sale of contraband on the street," reads the report.

While DCC stated that the contraband issue was outside their "control", the council will involve the gardai in their discussions on how to tackle it.

A market patrol officer may be appointed to monitor the operation of the traders according to the report.

The issue of street cleaning was also addressed.

Traders currently pay an annual rate fee of €287 and an annual licence fee of €225, but they do not pay for their waste disposal.

Waste management for the street costs approximately €147,250 per year and the bill is picked up by DCC.

There is no proposal in the report to change this arrangement.

Work has also started on a new layout of the market as well as the street itself.

This incorporates the exact location of stalls and how people move through the street when shopping.

The proposal is that the stalls will be back-to-back and in clusters of four.

An implementation group has been established to implement the report.

The food market dates back as far as the 1700s in Dublin, selling fruit, vegetables, fish and meat.

The stalls are usually family run and passed down through generations.

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