Crowds enjoying a festival in Lichfield

Consultations are taking place over revisions to Lichfield District Council’s controversial street trading policy.

Crowds enjoying a festival in Lichfield

The local authority introduced the new policy in 2018, which saw a subsidised special event trading fee of £21 per day and £13 for subsequent days.

But the fees caused a backlash from vendors, with organisers saying they could put the future of events such as the Lichfield Grub Club and Lichfield Food Festival in jeopardy.

Much of the issue came around the timing of the charges being introduced after some traders had already signed up for a pitch without the fee.

That led to Cllr Angela Lax, Cabinet member for legal and regulatory services, confirming a review of the system after admitting that the council “recognised that the fee and the timing of its introduction has caused some issues”.

Now a report to the regulatory and licensing committee reveals that a six-week consultation will take place over proposed changes.

The proposed changes would see an alternative reduced fee introduced for stallholders not selling food or alcohol.

The report to the committee explained: “In implementing the [existing] policy it has also been raised that the street trading fees should take account of a risk based approach because in reality the amount of work involved in processing and enforcing a street trading consent which doesn’t include the sale of alcohol or food, is less than that required for other traders.”

The council is also planning to revise deadlines for event organisers to provide the relevant information required.

The report said: “The licensing team have been keen to be supportive in processing applications, but the large number of late applications and changes to already issued consents has put the team under considerable pressure.

“With the exception of one special event, organiser deadlines have not been met. This has put pressure on the licensing team and has meant that additional staff have had to be employed to process late applications.

“The proposed revised deadlines allow more time for organisers to get traders to apply, but it is important for the management of the team’s resources that these application deadlines are met.”

The consultation is set to run until mid-August, with the revised policy taking effect from September if no objections are raised.

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3 Comments

  1. should be a interesting consultation will our normal retailers be asked for their opinions

    will ldc improve and review their environmental policies

  2. @ Brian pretty…. It is self evident that there is no interest in environmental matters in Lichfield. I wrote to the environmental officer a long and detailed letter about the impact of the ‘Southern Bypass’ and the pollution this would incur. The increase of toxic emissions (especially micro particulates) are a national concern with many towns and cities taking measures to control them. The answer I recieved was that in effect they were transferring the problem from somewhere even worse. They do Not listen. They do Not assimilate the facts readily available. The housing density in the area of this none by-pass is increasing enormously. The detrimental health effects will be felt for generations (the chances of the 2050 carbon legislation is an inprobability). Why is the LDC doing this? It is not in citizens interests and they have ignored alternatives. There is something intrinsically rotten about our council when wealth is more important than health. They are not normal human beings.

  3. Spot on Phillip. The very word Bypass is a joke. The SCC/LDC are deluding themselves if they think The Southern Bypass will achieve anything. We have an eastern bypass, a western bypass, an northern bypass and now soon a southern bypass. But will it make the HGVs use them. No, they will still come through the town centre. Because the SCC I’m sorry to say are idiots.Why don’t they have the courage to make the the town a weight restricted area so pedestrians can walk round free from the juggernauts and excessive traffic.

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