St Mary’s Could Get Street Trading Of Food

The Strand

The Strand

St Mary’s could have street market-style hot food sales by this summer.

Councillors have heard that Pom Ellis wants to sell Thai food from a trailer on The Strand. Her unit would take power from the Council public loos there.

Tania and Pete Reynolds have also applied for a permit to cook and sell takeaway crepes from a rickshaw on the Strand.

But both applicants will have to wait for a decision. Chief technical officer Neville Gardner told members there isn’t a street trading policy in place so they cannot currently issue a permit.

He advised councillors that there could be issues surrounding the location and duration of sale hours.

Chief planner Craig Dryden had voiced concerns that parking trailers on The Strand seven days a week could require planning consent.

Neville said the applications could be, “slightly more contentious” than occasional vegetable stall sales because they would be cooking food while you waited.

When asked about ice cream sales, Neville explained that those regulations were different and were, “very light touch.”

The chip van was also a different case, because it was in the Town Hall car park, not on the highway, and the Council rented that concession.

Some councillors felt that the future sale of pitches could bring in extra income. Neville told members that some councils charged many thousands for street trading permits, rather than the £110 fee here, but he accepted some areas have higher populations.

Neville said he didn’t want applicants delayed further. Members agreed a subcommittee to discuss a street trading policy, to go before Full Council in March.

5 Responses to St Mary’s Could Get Street Trading Of Food

  1. Linda Badcock February 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    What a brilliant idea, expect it would go down well with locals and visitors and might well encourage the eateries elsewhere to pull their socks up.

  2. Sandra Kyne February 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Quite ironic in light of the new units built at porthcressa that appear to be struggling to find tenants.

  3. Steve February 11, 2013 at 11:40 am

    High quality, locally sourced produce served on the Green could be a very welcome addition to the tourist offering. We have seen a number of eateries close down in recent years so this would provide much needed variety. Also, as the cost of eating out is so expensive this would – I imagine – prove very popular with those in self catering or B&B. It needs to be high quality, though, and thought will need to be given to the potential problem of litter. Oerhaps start with a limited trial on 2 or 3 days/evenings a week?

  4. Excelsior! February 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I’m all for stimulating the local economy. Hey, we haven’t got buildings to rent out to food vendors, so let’s let them operate on the street, I think it’s a great idea. Get the summer streets vibrant and people having some choice, not just having to settle for stodgy pub grub at exorbitant prices, the bulk of profit going to usually to St Austell.

    But I do agree there needs to be a policy in place first. Otherwise we could have a burger stand, or fried chicken stand with energy drinks outside of the school at lunchtime and hometime.

  5. Selena Baxter February 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

    What a fantastic idea. Scilly needs to move forward, good luck to them.