8. What we are doing about the results
It is acknowledged that the proposal is a complicated multi-stranded matter, with many financial and legal implications, involving different services within the council. Consequently, we have carried out this initial consultation to help the relevant committees decide whether to put a great deal of energy and resource into carrying out a full and proper consultation.
A report with more detailed analysis of the findings and with recommendations on the next steps to be taken was presented to the council’s Overview Committee on 29 November 2016. There were discussions and recommendations from this meeting.
The recommendations from Overview Committee were:
- That the Licensing and Enforcement Committee authorise public consultation (in accordance with the legislative requirements) on a proposal to:
- Rescind all the Council’s previous resolutions to designate streets as ‘Prohibited Streets’ within the District, and
- Resolve to designate all ‘streets’ in East Devon as ‘Consent Streets’ as defined in Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 save for certain streets in Sidmouth (as listed) which shall be ‘Prohibited Streets’ except during Folk Week.
2. That the Licensing and Enforcement Committee receive a further report which considers the representations made during the public consultation exercise and which makes further recommendations as to the approach to be adopted by the Council to street trading. Should this approach be to resolve to make additional consent streets then the report shall also detail for the Committee to consider; the likely resource implications, fees to be charged for consent, the Street Trading policy proposed to be adopted and standard conditions to be imposed on any consent granted.
What happens next
As this is a statutory and legal process, any changes that are agreed by the council will need to go through further consultation and legal process, which will take the proceedings through into 2017. The process will not be quick, nor will any decisions be rushed, as it takes time to consider the recommendations and it is important that the final recommendations are the right ones.
As explained in the background information parts of Axminster and Honiton would not be affected by any changes as they have ancient charter markets.