Tuesday 23 December 2008

Street trading restrictions extended

Thanet district Council press release

Restrictions on street trading have been extended to another six streets in Thanet.

The decision was taken at a meeting of full council on Thursday (19 December) and applies to Dumpton Park Drive in Broadstairs and Ramsgate, Church Street and Vicarage Street in St. Peter’s, St. Mildred’s Road in Westgate and Waverley Road in Westbrook.

The council first introduced such restrictions in 1998, when street trading was banned on more than 200 streets, with a further 21 streets added in May 2005.

The majority of complaints are about cars for sale on the highway and these usually focus on the nuisance the trade causes and the fact that purchasers don’t have the usual legal protection that they would have if they went to legitimate motor traders. The council also receives a number of complaints about mobile catering units in the street.

Cllr. Jo Gideon, Cabinet Member for Safer Neighbourhoods, Health and Communities, said: “This is all about responding to concerns that local people have raised about street trading. We’re aware that there have been problems on some of the roads not covered by the existing ban and, by adding these six streets in, we can tackle the problems in these areas. We know that there’s a chance that the sale of vehicles on the highway could just be displaced into other roads, but a district-wide ban isn’t appropriate. We’ve got a number of narrower streets with terraced housing and, if we extend the ban into these streets, then this will affect residents who live there.”

Shops that operate in these streets and display their goods outside their premises will be able to continue to do this.

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