I have long praised the merits of the Country Market (All Saints Hall, Old Town) at 10.15 every Friday.
It has been running for some 20 years and, as far as I know, no one has died from eating anything bought there. But now, like so many organisations, ‘attendance’ is falling significantly as other markets and outlets open up.
It may not be able to continue unless this trend is reversed. More important, the market is being strangled by red tape and regulation.
First, allergens. Yes people who suffer from allergies must know what the ingredients are but the long list of things the cooks now have to list is ridiculous.
Second, vinegar. Cooks are supposed to test any vinegar they might use with a PH meter, costing £10, to make sure it is okay.
Third, risk assessment. The cooks have to endure a risk assessment to make sure they are fit and proper people.
There is a lot more nonsense such as this.
Already many voluntary organisations are finding it difficult to recruit helpers because of the need for various over-the-top checks on criminal records.
Then tenants are finding that intrusive inspections have to be made into their private homes under the dreadful new Selective Licensing Scheme.
It is high time Nanny State had its wings clipped so that ordinary people can get on with their ordinary lives.
And sharpen your elbows and do go one Friday to the Country Market.
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