7. How the consultation was carried out and what happens next?
The latest consultation exercise was undertaken from 6 March to 26 April 2017.
The consultation was publicised widely and was sent out in a variety of ways:
- Two press releases were been sent out to the local media.
- It was publicised on the council’s social media accounts and website.
The consultation and reminders to take part were sent out to:
- 184 local businesses by e-mail, those which we have non personal email addresses for.
- All our town and parish councils and EDDC elected members. They were asked to complete it themselves and then publicise it within their town or ward.
- All the local large organisations that organise street trading in the area. They were asked to complete it themselves and send it onto traders.
- All East Devon Chambers of Commerce. They were asked to complete it themselves and send it onto local businesses.
- All street traders from the Sidmouth Folk Festival.
- All mobile businesses registered with our Environmental Health Team.
- Everyone that took part in the last stage of the consultation that gave us their e-mail addresses for follow up consultations to be sent.
All the responses are currently being analysed and we’ll write a report on the results.
This report will be presented to officers who have responsibility for street trading, who will consider whether to recommend a change to our current street trading policy to Councillors, and also whether any changes are needed to draft new policy as a result of the consultation responses.
A further report will then be presented to Councillors with a recommendation on whether or not to change the current street trading policy and, if the recommendation is to change the policy, then a copy of the relevant policy, with any revisions made as a consequence of the consultation, will be presented to Councillors together with a copy of the consultation response report.
Councillors on Cabinet will consider the matter first before it is passed to the Licensing and Enforcement Committee to make the decision. There is a requirement for newspaper adverts at key stages of this process.