The current policy has been in place since 2008 and allows trading in a public place as long as permission is granted from the council’s licensing department. Ice cream vans, fast food vehicles and markets are examples of street trading and usually all require permission to trade.
The council is asking residents including business owners and street traders to complete an online questionnaire. The responses to this will help the authority produce an updated policy which represents the needs and views of Island residents and the business community.
Among other areas, the questionnaire asks for people’s views on various street trading matters including what should be considered when determining an application and where street trading can take place.
Jonathan Bacon is the Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet member who has responsibility for licensing as part of his portfolio. He said:
“It is important the council’s street trading policy is updated as the current one is several years old.
“We do appreciate and understand that street trading does have an important role to play in the local economy. Therefore we want to hear the views of the public and indeed street traders and business owners as well as town and parish councils so we can produce an effective street trading policy that is fair for everyone.”
To take part in the consultation, click on the link on the right of this page, or you can go to the consultations section which can be found under the ‘Your Council’ tab on the home page of iwight.com. Alternatively, paper copies are available by emailing the council’s licensing department at [email protected] or by post to:
Isle of Wight Council Licensing
Isle of Wight
The consultation runs until 17:00 on Monday 2 December.