Our lovely postman stopped at the letterbox at around 10.30am this morning. He's so nice. We were outside and he stopped his bike, turned it off and had a little chat just like he always does when we're around.
He gave us the mail and went on his way.
There was one for me in a Launceston City Council envelope. A reminder that a new development application must be lodged with the LCC including a little fee to go along with it of around $600. I paid this fee the first time I lodged the application and the Council put a 6 month trial period stipulation on it. When there were no formal (or informal for that matter) objections and no follow up from the Council after this period, I thought we were ok to trade on.
So now this letter states:
"There is no information on Council records indicating that a new development application has been lodged. Until such time that a new application is approved by Council, the Civic Homespun Market must cease operating immediately.
Any further operation of this market will result in Council seeking immediate legal action."
Thanks Launceston City Council. I must now spend all weekend writing another development application for an existing market that has proven to build Launceston's reputation among tourists, livens the central city on an otherwise dull day and brings together artists and craftspeople to exhibit in their home town. And to boot, I must pay you for the priviledge of rubber stamping it to say that it's ok after all.
Do you know what? I don't mind writing the application again, its the fee to which I object.
I know that the market hobart and handmade hobart, both in similar buildings within central city boundaries didn't have to jump through these costly and time consuming hoops.
It makes me wonder whether I should cut my losses, close the market, take my stock and go market hopping in other cities in Tas and interstate every other weekend. One thing is for sure: I will make money doing that.