Hugh Street Vegetable Stall Moved After Confusion Over Permit

phill deason veg stall
A St Mary’s man says he’s had an apology from the Council after they warned him that he could be prosecuted for trading on Hugh Street without permission.

For 3 years, Phill Deason has been selling his locally grown vegetables two days a week outside the Corner House.

But last month, the Council wrote to warn him that they could take action if he persisted to do it.

Phill says he went to the Town Hall to show that he had a permit and produced bank records to show that he’d paid for it.

He says an officer later contacted him to apologise, but he’s now been moved to a new site at the side of the Bishop and Wolf on Silver Street.

Phil says he didn’t obstruct the traffic before, as he was around 7 feet back from the road.

The new pitch he’s been offered by the Council is so narrow he has to park over the pavement and partially on a single yellow line.

We put Phill’s concerns and questions to the Council’s press office. They wouldn’t comment but Chairman of the Licensing Committee, Mollie Peacock, says Phill’s most recent permission only ran until the end of May.

The Council won’t renew any permits to use Hugh Street as they want to clear it of all street trading.

Mollie says that’s because it is technically the highway and street trading there is problematic.

There’s also an issue over the ownership of part of the pavement where Phill had been based.

Mollie says the matter will be reviewed at the end of the season to assess the benefits. But Phill says he’d rather just go back to where he was and he claims his business is down by 30% because of his new, lower profile pitch.

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