Your Councillors


Licensing Committee

17th September 2020

 

Street Trading Policy 2020

 

Final Decision-Maker

Licensing Committee

Lead Head of Service

John Littlemore, Head of Housing and Community Services

Lead Officer and Report Author

Lorraine Neale

Classification

Non-exempt

Wards affected

All

 

Executive Summary

 

The Street Trading Policy was last reviewed in 2014 and the report sets out the document which includes Councillors comments from the 18th June Licensing Committee. This will  bring the policy up to date with our current practice and regulations.

Purpose of Report

 

To consider the amended Draft Street Trading Policy and confirm the new fee tariff and delegation. The recommended consultation period is 8 weeks.

 

 

This report makes the following recommendations to this Committee:

1.   Agree for consultation purposes the revised draft Street Trading attached as Appendix 2 to this report.

2.   Confirm the draft amended fee structure which introduces a non refundable consultation application fee.

3.   To confirm delegated authority is given to the Head of Housing and Community services to make minor amendments to the policy and determine whether appeals go to Licensing Sub Committee.

4.   Following the 8 week consultation period the policy together with a summary of key consultation comments is brought back to licensing committee for consideration.

 

 

Timetable

Meeting

Date

Licensing Committee

17th September 2020

Licensing Committee

14th January 2021

 

 



Street Trading Policy 2020

 

1.       CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES AND IMPLICATIONS

 

 

Issue

Implications

Sign-off

Impact on Corporate Priorities

·         No implications have been identified

Head of Service or Manager

Cross Cutting Objectives

·         No implications have been identified

Head of Service or Manager

Risk Management

•        No implications have been identified

Head of Service or Manager

Financial

    •    There are no financial implications           identified within this report. The Council        recovers the costs associated with any      application and has an agreed approach     to determining the application fees.

Section 151 Officer & Finance Team

Staffing

    •    No implications have been identified

Head of Service

Legal

·         The relevant legislation in relation to street trading is contained within Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (as amended). The policy provides a framework for consistent decision-making.

Legal Team

Privacy and Data Protection

    •    No implications have been identified

Policy and Information Team

Equalities

   •     No implications have been identified

Policy & Information Manager

Public Health

·         No implications have been identified

Public Health Officer

Crime and Disorder

·         No implications have been identified

Head of Service or Manager

Procurement

·         No implications have been identified.

Head of Service & Section 151 Officer

 

 

 

 

2.   INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

 

 

2.1        Maidstone Borough Council has adopted powers under the Local        Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 so that any person selling articles in the ‘street’ must obtain a street trading consent from the       Council.

 

2.2                  Maidstone Borough Council has a current street trading policy, which sets   out the Council’s approach for managing street trading, the process for     applications and making decisions. (Appendix 1). However, experience has      demonstrated that it lacks clarity and is not very helpful to applicants or     Officers when determining applications.

 

2.3     The Policy was last updated in 2010 and has been reviewed in order to       make it a more comprehensive informative document, the revised Street          Trading Policy will be of more benefit to applicants, officers and residents and ensures improved public safety and protection. It will strengthen      decision-making and support the Council’s position should issues arise.      

 

2.4        The process for applying for a street trading consent has not changed significantly but the draft provides a clearer explanation to assist applicants.  The policy was considered at Licensing Committee on 18th June 2020 and now includes Councillors feedback where applicable –

 

2.5        Policy amendments and feedback consideration

 

Page no           

Amendment/Insertion/removal

Reason

5&6

Remove

All reference to public authority owned land has been removed

There is no provision in the legislation to allow for this kind of waiver, it is hoped that it is dealt with by amending Community and Charity Events to reduce the impact.

5

Insert

Additional exemption from the requirement of a street trading consent added.

Expanded to provide more information on “services”

6

Amendment

Community & Charity Events amended to provide a “light touch” by providing a discretion to charge the full fee or nominal amount

Suggested in order to assist those events that may have previously occurred without the relevant permissions and also Councillor’s comment to make the intention less vague

7& 12

Amendment

Application process time made clearer

Councillors comment to make it clear to applicants how long it will take to process an application

7

Amendment

Description for short term consents amended to be clearer.

Less confusion

7&12

Insertion

That the consultation fee is not charged for short term consents

Councillors comment to make it clearer in the document where consultation fees are charged

10

Insertion

Street Trading consents are not issued for the purpose of selling vehicles on the highway.

Councillors comment that the document did not address car sales.

Appendix 2

 

Comment

Confusion on the years stated for certain offences, these were typos that have now been removed.

 

Its usual to set out a consistent approach to dealing with offences and the time the Council will have expected them to lapse before an application is made. Applicants with convictions will not necessarily be refused as 6.4.3 states Each application will be decided on its own merits. 

Councillors comment Confusion on the years stated for certain offences.

It was also suggested that proportionality be used when considering applicants for street trading and that not all offences should bar applicants.

 

Fees

 

The new fee tariff was discussed at Licensing Committee on 18th June 2020, it   was requested that the fee table was made less confusing, the following fee table is suggested and Councillors are asked to confirm their agreement.

        

 

Proposed Fee

Maidstone Borough Council

 

Consultation application fee (applies to 12 month consents only)

£150.00

Short term consent 1 to 12 trading days

New only (on grant)

(no consultation fee is required)

£32.00

Full year consent

(New & Renewal) (on grant)

£255.00

Additional assistants (checks and badges)

£50.00

Additional change (additional products)

£50.00

Copy/replacement Licence

£12.00

Copy/replacement Badge

£12.00

Delegation

1.   That the Head of Housing and Community Services is delegated to determine applications, including those that receive objections. The Head of Housing and Community Services in exercising his delegated authority will consider whether it is necessary and proportionate for an appeal to be heard by a Licensing Sub Committee based on criteria set out in the revised policy. Currently all appeals are heard by the Licensing Sub Committee on the basis of a written request from the applicant, irrespective of the merits of the case.

 

2.   At the Licensing Committee on 18th June 2020 it was suggested that there was no requirement to give the delegation to the Head of service as there were very few street trading matters referred to Sub Committee, however no decision was made and so confirmation is sought now.

 

 

 

3.   AVAILABLE OPTIONS

 

3.1     To agree to the proposed policy and 8 week consultation period and consult all those listed at page 4 of the draft policy.

 

3.2     To refuse the proposed policy and consultation process and retain the     Council’s current policy.

 

 

4.        PREFERRED OPTION AND REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

 

4.1     The detailed draft Street Trading Policy provides clear advice and information to all persons involved in the consent process. The policy sets out the Council’s expectation of the street traders in the district and provides a clearer understanding of what this Council will consider when administering applications, dealing with issues and undertaking any enforcement activities. It will support Licensing Officers in their day to day role in ensuring the Council’s licensing aims within this policy are met and ensuring good standards are met and maintained.

 

 

 

5.       RISK

5.1    The risks associated with this proposal, including the risks if the Council does not act as recommended, have been considered in line with the Council’s Risk Management Framework We are satisfied that the risks associated are within the Council’s risk appetite and will be managed as per the Policy.

 

 

 

 

6.       CONSULTATION RESULTS AND PREVIOUS COMMITTEE FEEDBACK

 

6.1     The Policy is brought back to this Committee with their consultation feedback on 14 January 2021

 

 

7.       NEXT STEPS: COMMUNICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DECISION

 

7.1          N/A

 

 

 

8.        REPORT APPENDICES

 

1.Current Policy    

          2 Revised Draft Policy

         

 

 

9.        BACKGROUND PAPERS

 

N/A