EDDC set to streamline East Devon street trading rules

PUBLISHED: 10:23 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:23 23 March 2018

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East Devon District Council is implementing changes to its street trading licensing aimed at making it easier for traders to apply

Revised rules being introduced for street traders in East Devon could encourage increased business activity, the district council claims.

The move to change the way traders apply for street trading licenses comes after criticism that the previous system was ‘confusing and inflexible’.

East Devon District Council introduced the system last October following consultation to allow the authority to control the quality and suitability of street trading activities and where they occur.

Now the fee imposed for applying for a license has been scrapped and the procedure has become more streamlined.

Application forms will be made shorter and the process for getting block consent has been made easier.

The council is also increasing the amount of activities it considers will not require consent and has made the guidance on these clearer.

Cllr Steve Hall, chairman of the council’s licensing and enforcement committee, said: “These changes have been identified as being necessary to ensure that the street trading consent process delivers in the way which was intended.

“We will now have a quick and efficient system which will enable traders to lawfully trade without being overly complicated.

“While it is right that those looking to trade are enabled to do so, it is also important that the council retains control over trading activities so that we benefit from quality and appropriate offerings, which will be good for the district as a whole.

“The changes we have made now present a fair balance between these two objectives and we are sure that the economy of the district will benefit as a consequence.”

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