5. Possible disadvantages of the proposed changes
If the proposals are taken forward it would be important that:
- Street trading that complements high streets and shops is encouraged, otherwise there is a danger of competition that isn’t on a level playing field. If we take this proposal forward we would talk to local businesses and monitor the impact it has to make sure it complements high streets and shop front traders.
- Charges for street trading are set at fair rates and discourage trading that won’t sell goods and services for less than local shops.
- Stalls and pitches for street trading are well presented and laid out so they improve the look of the area and increase the numbers of people going between stalls and shops.
- The quality of the products and look of the street trading and markets be consistently high. This has not always been the case under the current arrangements and will need to improve if these proposals are brought in.
- We monitor the impact on workload and the effectiveness of the new street trading arrangements. Our workload and that of parish and town councils will increase. We will have street trading applications to process and street trading to control, town and parish councils would be asked for their views on each application in their area. There can be income to be gained from processing applications for street trading and policing street traders to help mitigate this extra workload.