Consultation on plan to allow traders to operate on more Lichfield and Burntwood streets

A consultation has been launched to help decide how street traders can operate in Lichfield and Burntwood.

Lichfield District Council is asking for local views on a proposal to allow all streets across the area to potentially be licensed.

At present only a small number of streets are ‘consented’, with a number of prohibited streets where trading is not allowed.

Colin Greatorex

Cllr Colin Greatorex

Councillor Colin Greatorex said: “We know how important events are to the vibrancy of our city and district so we want to make sure they are well-run and safe.

“We also want to make it possible to trade on more of our streets, so bigger and better events can take place.

“This is why we’re proposing a change in the way street trading currently works, which will mean we can monitor events to make sure they take place in a safe and legal way.

“Part of the monitoring process includes making sure traders have public liability insurance, food safety certificates, alcohol licenses and more. Officers would also help at the planning stage of large-scale events to ensure safety is a top priority.

“It’s important that street traders and event organisers read our proposals and give us their feedback as the proposals will impact on the way events are run locally.”

To find out more and to comment on the consultation, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/streettrading.

The consultation is running until 5pm on January 11 2016.

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