Hope new trading rules will boost East Devon's economy

PUBLISHED: 14:33 26 September 2017

Councillor Steve Hall.

Councillor Steve Hall.

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New rules governing street trading in East Devon come into force next week.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) says the changes will encourage new local business activity and boost the district’s towns and villages.

From Monday, October 2, anyone aged 18 or above may apply to EDDC for permission to street trade within the whole of East Devon, with the exception of parts of Sidmouth and the charter market areas of Honiton and Axminster.

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.

EDDC says 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, along with the appropriate fee, has been received, it will be fully considered by the council.

Applications may take three to four weeks to process while other organisations are consulted.

All refusals will receive a full explanation of the decision that has been made.

The council has warned that the new rules mean anyone trading anywhere in East Devon without its consent could be acting illegally, which could then lead to enforcement action being taken.

Councillor Steve Hall, chairman of EDDC’s licensing and enforcement committee, said: “I welcome this new policy, which allows for new street trading and markets to come forward in East Devon.

“This could help revitalise or sustain our towns’ streets or village centres.

“Likewise, this policy will be used to prevent unlicensed trading taking place anywhere but approved locations.

“Trading will only be allowed after consultations with the appropriate authorities and town councils and where stringent conditions have been met.

“With this policy the district council will be promoting business, offering variety to our residents and visitors and ensuring a robust and controlled street trading environment.”

For more information on applying to trade visit http://eastdevon.gov.uk/licensing/street-trading/apply-for-a-street-trading-consent/.

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