Residents have only two weeks left in which to have their say on street trading in East Devon – public consultation closes on 29 July 2016

East Devon District Council would like to remind residents and businesses across the district that the closing date for the public consultation on proposed changes to the rules for street trading and markets in East Devon is 29 July.

Anyone interested now only has two weeks to tell the council what they think about their proposals to change the rules for markets and street trading throughout the whole of East Devon. Because street trading could have an impact on local businesses, residents and events in the area, it’s really important that East Devon District Council receives feedback from as many people as possible. The results of this consultation will be used by councillors when they decide whether to take the proposal to the next stage. 

Street trading includes stalls at outdoor events, street stalls, outdoor markets, festivals, roadside food vans and food vans in car parks (including supermarket car parks). In fact, anything where someone is selling goods or services on the streets, or outside in pedestrian areas or open spaces constitutes street trading. Because street trading could have an impact on local businesses, residents and events in the area, it’s really important that East Devon District Council receives feedback from as many people as possible.

To take part online, visit the street trading page on the East Devon website.
Paper copies of the consultation are also available on request to: jbuckley@eastdevon.gov.uk or telephone 01395 517569.

What the council is proposing

There are currently prohibited streets, consent streets and uncontrolled areas in East Devon:

  1. Consent Streets – people have to apply to us for consent to trade on consent streets. This only applies to six streets in the whole district.
  2. Prohibited Streets – This involves the majority of the more central streets in Exmouth, Honiton, Seaton and Sidmouth. Street trading is banned in these areas and cannot take place even if East Devon District Council, the town or parish council and/or the community want it to happen.
  3. Uncontrolled - Where an area is not a prohibited or consent street there is no control over the street trading that goes on there. This applies to the whole of Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, villages, more rural areas and less central areas of Exmouth, Honiton, Seaton and Sidmouth.

East Devon District Council’s proposal is to make the whole of East Devon a consent street. This would mean that if anyone wanted to street trade in East Devon they would have to apply to the council for consent and would also have to get permission from landowners if the location wasn’t on public land, for example a superstore car park. A fee would be charged for this service. The council would consult the local town or parish council and relevant East Devon District Councillors when considering each application.

NB: Honiton High Street and part of Axminster Town Centre have ancient charters, which allow their markets to take place. This proposal does not apply to these specific areas as the charter exempts them from being controlled by this more modern legislation.

Councillor Philip Skinner, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio holder for Economy said:

This is an additional consultation over and above what we have to do by law, as we want to give people plenty of opportunity to have their say. We really want to hear the views of as many local residents, visitors, businesses, town and parish councils and interested parties as possible on our proposals, so please go online and give us your comments.  

East Devon is a small business economy with many sole traders. We are also a strong farming and food production location with coastal and market towns and communities set within a rural and coastal environment.  To make the most of these strengths we want to encourage more opportunities for markets, festivals and street trading across throughout our communities.

We are proposing these changes as we feel we would be able to actively and positively manage street trading and consider each application on its own merits, retaining control and promoting quality, while being more flexible and encouraging business.