Bury St Edmunds for Black Lives applied to hold a charity stall in the towns Market and we were informed that our ‘particular views’ were not wanted for the customers of Bury St Edmunds Market. It is with great dismay that we read this reply informing us that Suffolk County Council deems the promotion of racial equality a “view, petition or similar activity”. Coming from a body which is part funding the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality, This seems contradictory.
Our group’s purpose is to support and improve the experience of people of colour living in and around Bury St Edmunds. We had the idea of a Market Stall as a good way to reach out to our community and to let people know that we exist. This is completely uncontroversial. However, as the Council does not feel this is in line with the market.
Please would you sign this petition to show your approval and support that Bury St Edmunds for Black Lives be allowed to have a Market Stall at Bury Market.
We’d like to draw your attention to the Equalities Act 2010 Section 149 (1) In particular subsections (b) and (c) :149 Public sector equality duty
(1) A public authority must, in the exercise of its functions, have due regard to the need to—
(a) eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act;
(b) advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
(c) foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.