Crowds enjoying a festival in Lichfield

A consultation has been launched over changes to Lichfield District Council’s street trading policy.

Crowds enjoying a festival in Lichfield

The local authority has put forward a number of amendments following a backlash from event organisers.

The new proposals would impact on stalls that trade at festivals across the city.

Among the suggested changes are:

  • Reducing the cost of street trading consents for stalls that do not sell food or drink at special events, as fewer checks are needed when processing these applications.
  • Reducing the deposit for events that do not have any food or drink stalls.
  • Checking that an event is financially viable, to reduce the risk of an event being cancelled at the last minute due to a lack of budgeting by the event organiser.
  • Not requiring a deposit if an event has fewer than 20 stalls.
  • Asking organisers to show how they will reduce the impact their event will have on the environment.

Councillor Angela Lax, Cabinet member for legal and regulatory services, said: “We want to promote Lichfield as a city with a vibrant mix of events and festivals.

“For well-run events, we want to work with event organisers to make sure that our street trading policy is right for the city and district.

“We hope they will feed into this consultation as now is their chance to tell us if they support our proposals and to give their suggestions.

“Our ambition is to support a range of events that attract people to the city and district, to boost the local economy and tourism.”

The consultation will run until 5pm on 23rd August. People can give their views by emailing licensing@lichfielddc.gov.uk or in writing to Licensing, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, WS13 6ZE.

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