7. What happened next
Councillors on our Licensing and Enforcement Committee considered a report on the consultation and the draft street trading policy at their meeting on 17 June 2017. This report included some further changes to the proposed street trading policy due to the results of the second consultation, including giving consultees longer to respond. At that meeting they recommended that the proposed street trading changes should be brought in.
Before they gave final approval though, another stage of legal consultation involving putting official notices in newspapers had to happen. Once that had happened Licensing and Enforcement Committee considered another report at their meeting on 23 August 2017. At that meeting they made the final decision to bring in the proposed street trading changes.
The proposed changes to street trading were put in place from 2 October 2017.
From 2 October 2017 anyone 18 or over may apply to us for permission to street trade within the whole of East Devon (apart from parts of Sidmouth and in the charter market areas of Honiton and Axminster) provided they meet our high standards and requirements.
The application process will require details to be given about the exact location proposed by the street trader, the goods being sold and information about the person or persons selling the goods.
The application will need to be accompanied by a fee, which will be determined by the location, length of the consent and time of year. Once an application (plus the appropriate fee) has been received, it will be fully considered. However, applicants do need to be aware that there may be occasions when it will not be possible for the council to give consent. Approval cannot be given, for example, when a location is not suitable or safe for street trading to take place or where the goods being offered could conflict with other local, established businesses.
All refusals will receive a full explanation of the decision that has been given. Street traders will also need to be aware that this change in policy will mean that anyone trading anywhere in East Devon without the consent of the council could be acting illegally, which could then lead to enforcement action.
When an application and fee have been received, the council must consult other organisations to seek their views before a street trading consent can be granted. For this reason, the application period may take three to four weeks and permission cannot be given to a trader until the local consultation has finished.