Street traders in South Holland to pay £450 fee

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Roadside traders will have to pay a new fee to cater from the lay-bys of South Holland.

Until now street traders have been able to operate for free across the district.

I don’t think they should be allowed to cater at all when they are trading against caterers operating in the district who pay business rates and have to provide toilets

Coun Chris Brewis

But South Holland district councillors heard on Wednesday that it had been recommended they should pay a £450 street trading consent for a 12-month period, with a £425 street trading consent renewal.

A review of street trading was discussed at a meeting of the licensing committee earlier last month.

The committee proposed that, following consultation, all streets within South Holland should be designated as consent streets and a fee be charged, with the exemption of certain markets.

Coun Angela Newton said at last week’s district council meeting that the amount was not enough.

She said: “They are paying just over 1p a day when market caterers are paying £180 for four weeks.

“This won’t even cover the cost of inspections and the licensing process.

”I think this matter should be referred back to the licensing committee for reconsideration.”

However, council leader Gary Porter did not agree.

He said: “As there has been no charge before I move the fees should be as they are now.”

The recommendation was carried, in spite of six members of the committee voting against it.

Coun Brewis wanted it put on record that he was one of the opposers.

He said: “I don’t think they should be allowed to cater at all when they are trading against caterers operating in the district who pay business rates and have to provide toilets.

“If they are allowed to trade it should be on a much more even field.”