6. The results
We received 77 responses to our questionnaire on our revised proposals.
Factors that would be taken into account
- Overall, 75% of respondents agree with the factors to be taken into account, 25% did not agree. Of those that did not agree and gave reasons why the most popular answer was that they were concerned that this level of regulation would make it more difficult for street traders to trade.
- When asked if there were other factors that should be taken into account 38 people commented, 29 of those from outside Sidmouth. There was a wide variety of comments, the most popular being that existing markets should be protected, there should be no effect on them / clash with them (Honiton) and that any loss of car parking spaces should be taken into account.
People and organisations who would be consulted
- Overall, 80% of respondents agree with the list of people and organisations that would be consulted. Only 63% of Sidmouth respondents agreed, but the proposal does not include Sidmouth in the changes.
- Of those who disagreed and suggested changes or additions to the list, there were a wide variety of suggestions. The most popular was from Sidmouth respondents who suggested Chambers of Commerce should be consulted, but the proposal does not include Sidmouth in the changes.
- 38% of all respondents stated that the timescales would cause a problem to them. This varies a lot dependent upon the type of respondent. 65% of business owners, 56% of Sidmouth respondents (but the proposal does not include Sidmouth in the changes) and 50% of organisations would have an issue with the proposed timescales (Honiton Town Council and Chardstock Parish Council).
- The majority of those who stated they would have an issue and gave reasons why said two weeks isn’t long enough for them to investigate and provide a considered response.
58% of respondents agreed with the proposal overall, this varies a lot dependent upon the type of respondent:
- 90% of street traders agree with the proposals
- 65% of non-Sidmouth respondents
- 60% of organisations
- 56% of local residents
- 40% of Sidmouth respondents
- 31% of business owners
Overall of those that disagreed and told us why, the most popular reason given was that they felt Sidmouth should be included in the proposals as well (this was also the most common answer for Sidmouth respondents), and the second most common comment was that the current arrangements shouldn’t change.
Overall of those that agreed and told us why, the most popular reasons given were that it would mean there would be more control of street trading and also that it would mean there would be more street trading and outdoor markets.