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Council proposes more flexible approach to street trading

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Local people are encouraged to have their say on Kingston Council’s plans to reshape its street trading policy, making it more flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the borough.

The public consultation launches today (15 April) and will run until 9 June.

The proposed borough-wide policy would allow traders, including artisan producers and local trade and craft sellers, to identify their own trading locations in the borough and make an application to trade there. This is in contrast to the current policy, adopted in 1991, where traders are limited to specific pitches on certain streets.

There’s an opportunity to talk through plans, ask questions and feed back at a public event, held in the Queen Anne Suite, Guildhall at 7pm on Monday 13 May.

Stephen Evans, Communities Director at Kingston Council, said:

“Street trading has been part of Kingston’s heritage for hundreds of years and it’s still a treasured element to this day. When street trading is managed well, it adds a wonderful vibrancy to the local area, as well as providing opportunities for creating jobs, boosting the local economy and allowing entrepreneurs to develop their businesses.

“Our policy is over 25 years old and needs updating to make it more flexible. I would encourage everyone to take the time to consider the proposals and have their say.”

The revised policy also asks local people if they want the council to allow shops to display their goods on the public pavement directly in front of their shop and whether the council should manage where A-boards (standing signage) are placed on the street.

The council oversees street trading to ensure that the public are kept safe and that traders don’t cause a disturbance, obstruct rights of way, lines of sight or the ability of other businesses to trade.

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

For more information and to have your say, visit www.kingstonletstalk.co.uk/street-trading-policy