Kingston gives green light to more flexible approach to street trading

Traders in Kingston are set to have more flexibility in how and where they run their businesses, following final approval of the new street trading policy at Licensing Committee on Wednesday 11 March.

After consulting with residents, businesses and traders, the council has adopted the new policy which allows the borough’s traders, including artisan producers and craft sellers, to identify their own trading locations within specified areas of the borough and make an application to trade there. This is in contrast to the previous policy, adopted in 1991, where traders were  limited to specific pitches on certain streets. Also, anyone can now apply for a short term trading licence to trade on the street anywhere in the Borough. All applications will be subject to a consultation process. 

The Council is also going to introduce licensing of advertising on the highway (a-boards) and the display of goods outside shops on the highway through new licensing processes coming into effect later this year. Committee resolved to delay implementation of these changes until 1st October. 

Cllr Andreas Kirsch, portfolio holder with responsibility for Licensing, said: 

“Our previous policy was 25 years old and was due a complete refresh, to allow the huge array of entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and established traders we are lucky to have, to thrive in Kingston. I’m delighted to see that it was approved and look forward to this new policy benefitting local people across the borough.” 

Stalls in the Ancient Market Place and the weekly Monday Market are managed under a different process and won’t be affected by this policy.

The new policy comes into effect on Friday 1 May following the publication of notices confirming the passing of the resolutions and adoption of the Policy.

For more information on the item that went to Licensing Committee on 11 March, visit the council’s website