STREET traders operating in Barnsley town centre will be asked to pay more than £14,500 for a pitch for the full year – and ice cream van owners must not use their ‘chimes’ in any way which could cause ‘annoyance’.
Barnsley Council’s ruling cabinet members will discuss the updated street trading policy tomorrow.
Street trading relates to the selling, exposing, or offering for sale of any article in a street.
The term ’street’ includes any road, footway, or other area to which the public have access without payment.
It is a criminal offence to engage in street trading without authorisation.
The new report states that those wanting to trade on the town centre’s streets for a 12-month period will have to pay £14,560, as well as forking out £100 for an application.
Six-month licences will cost £7,280 and three-month licences will cost £3,640.
Whilst those wishing to trade outside of the town centre are being asked to pay £10,920 for the full 12-month period.
The report states: “The fees and charges will be set and reviewed annually – such fees will be set as Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council consider are reasonable for street trading consents.
“Barnsley Council will also consider imposing additional charges as appropriate for the recovery of reasonable costs associated with the collection of left refuse and the cleansing of streets.
“Fees for the town centre and the wider borough static locations are based on pitches up to 12 square metres, additional space will occur an additional charge.”
Residents selling their cars on the borough’s road network will also be asked to apply for a street trading consent – and it’s classed as an offence to not have one.
“The commercial selling of a vehicle on the highway falls within the scope of street trading and therefore a street trading consent is required from the council,” the report added.
“This states that a person is guilty of an offence if at any time, acting in the course of a business selling motor vehicles, leaving two or more motor vehicles parked within 500 metres of each other on a road where they are exposed or advertised for sale.”
Food traders and mobile traders – those who sell goods at different locations such as an ice cream van – are also included in the report.
“Mobile operators must move from position to position remaining stationary for no more than five minutes on a residential street to initially attract customers and thereafter only long enough to serve customers present,” it added.
“The vehicle must move on as soon as the last customer has been served and no other customer is clearly awaiting service.
“Mobile operators must ensure that any stopping position does not infringe any parking or traffic requirements or cause obstruction of the highway and does not present any dangers to highway users.
“They must not stop within 400 metres of any school grounds from an hour before the start of the school day until an hour after the end of the school day.
“It is an offence to sound chimes at any time in a way which gives reasonable cause for annoyance.”