Minutes of meeting of the Traders Sub-Group held in Pier 36 on Monday 14th October 2019


  1. Attendance
    • Those present were:-
Gary McNinch (Chair) Ruth Hendry
Johanna Logan (Secretary) Tim Johnston
Stephen Bailie Niki Kennedy
Karen Bolleboom Adrian Kerr
Kate Boyd Bill Kirkwood
John Caldwell Terrie Mallon
Carol Day Denis Waterworth
Samantha Gallagher Joe Wright


Apologies: Councillor Mark Brooks, Heather Drennan, Karen McCullough, Nikki Robinson, Harry Wilson, Nina – Wells Tyres,


  1. Minutes of Meeting held on 20th August 2019

2.1    These were agreed following a proposal by Denis Waterworth and seconded by Niki Kennedy


  1. Matters Arising from these Minutes

3.1    None


  1. Halloween party

4.1    John Caldwell has been in talks arranging the fireworks.  It has been agreed that the harbour will be used on the condition that the spectators are not allowed on the harbour and traffic control is in place for the car park.  16 Marshalls are required to cover this, Johanna Logan to send out comms and John Caldwell to speak to the rotary club.  The Lifeboat will require moving before the fireworks. Bunting and decorations to be purchased for the hall.  Music and Balloon modelling has been booked.  Bill Kirkwood to arrange more children’s entertainment. Awaiting DPS PTA to confirm if they will be serving Tea/Coffee


  1. Traders Christmas Dinner

5.1    The annual Christmas Dinner for Traders has been arranged for 2nd December at Grace Neills. Menus have been distributed to most traders, approx. 40 traders confirmed.


  1. Response to consultation on business rates

6.1    John Caldwell delivered a presentation.  Opinion was that charity shops that trade shouldn’t get 100% relief.  Vacant building to get less relief to encourage them to find tenants.  Small business rate relief should be increased


  1. Shop local Saturday 30th November

7.1    We have three quotes for 1000 jute bags, however, it was felt this would not be enough, therefore quotes for 2000 required.  Traders will be able to purchase the bags for £1 each. Terrie to confirm if Shields can assist in the storage of the bags.  Looking into street entertainment and other giveaways for the day.  Traders are encouraged to create a special offer for the day.


  1. Christmas Window Decoration Scheme

8.1    11 traders have expressed an interest. We are awaiting confirmation of participation by artists


  1. Christmas Santa Arrival

9.1    Santa Arrival is on 29th November and the Carol service on 1st December. In the process of arranging Fireworks, Santa parade and market.  Awaiting confirmation of a band from perhaps a local school


  1. Any Other Business

10.1  None


The next meeting – 13th January 2020 – Pier 36 @ 6pm