Councillors Stop Street Trading On Main Hugh Town Roads

phill deason veg stallCouncillors have agreed a new street trading policy, which bans operators from setting up along Hugh Street and the Lower Strand, from the Mermaid car park to the Rechabite Slip.

It’s been rewritten following complaints that the last policy was confusing and controversial.

Some people felt the restrictions on trading within 50 metres of an existing business or another street trader selling similar goods was too wide in such a small area.

At yesterday’s Licensing Committee meeting, councillors approved the revised policy, which reduces that distance to 25 metres and includes a number of amendments designed to improve the safety of road users and pedestrians.

Cllr Avril Mumford proposed including Silver Street in the restricted areas too.

She said someone could trade on the corner where there are no yellow lines.

She felt that was too near to other premises and people also wanted to park their cars there, since Hugh Street was now a no-parking area.

Over the summer, St Mary’s fruit and veg seller Phill Deason was moved from his regular pitch outside the former Cornerhouse building on Hugh Street to an area by the Bishop and Wolf pub on Silver Street, which now comes under the restrictions.

Cllr Christine Savill felt some street traders “won’t be particularly happy” because the restricted areas are the busiest and they’ll want to trade where the customers are.

Council Chairman Amanda Martin said she would prefer The Park to be offered for trading because it’s “a nice safe area to use.”

But the Senior Officer for Licensing, Sue Pritchard, pointed out that vehicles wouldn’t be able to get through the gates.

Councillors voted unanimously to accept the new policy, including Cllr Mumford’s proposal to include Silver Street in the no-trading zones.

10 Responses to Councillors Stop Street Trading On Main Hugh Town Roads

  1. ritchie December 2, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    as an Island community we should endeavour to be more self sufficient in all things and primarily food and produce, this decision does nothing to promote the sale of local produce or enthuse people to produce it. As a person who likes to grow produce for home consumption feel very discouraged about any scheme to expand in the future. Very short sighted and a great shame common sense did not prevail here.

    • Hanky Spanky December 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      And does that self sufficiency extend to power production?
      The use of wind turbines, solar farms and wave generators could make the islands self sufficient and an exemplar to the rest of the nation.

  2. Ian T. November 29, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    This draconian attitude doesn’t do much to generate a real community spirit does it. Most towns and villages seem to have certain days set aside for some form of a street market or a pannier market in a hall. Obviously, the Councillors would prefer all fresh (?) goods to be imported from the mainland. There is a strong movement these days to support locally grown/produced goods and for restaurants to use them. Lets be honest, how many shops in Hugh Town sell locally produced goods of any kind?

    • Euan Rodger December 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Ian T… Locally produced products are readily available at many Hugh Street and nearby shops…we at Tanglewood sell local (when available) eggs, crab, lobster, vegetables, salads, herbs and of course a full menu of our own home produced goods from ready meals, quiches & sandwiches to pork pies & mince pies etc. The Farm Deli, Plowmans,The Kavorna, The Fudge Shop & The Dairy Cafe all produce there own products as well and like us sell many locally produced products too. So your comment ‘how many shops…..sell locally produced goods of any kind?’… is way off the mark and mis-informed.

      That said I strongly disagree with the decision made by Councillors as regards street trading. I would also question why Councillor Mumford did not declare an interest and sit this one out.


      • Euan Rodger December 1, 2014 at 10:54 pm

        Sorry I left out wines, ales, duck livers and salt on the locally produced list.

      • Andy Hargreaves December 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

        Hi Euan

        For accuracy, Cllr Mrs Mumford did actually declare an interest in this item at the start of the meeting.


  3. Gordon Bilsborough November 28, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    I agree with Pat Hayden and Christine Savill. It just required a little common sense, a little tolerance and a little imagination from the Licensing Committee to have earmarked one or more sites for street trading within reach of the town centre. There was nothing wrong with the original site used by Phil Deason.

    • Adam Morton,St.Martins November 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Common sense,tolerance and imagination from the licencing committee! Whatever next!!!! Anyone would think they had been elected by the same kind of people!

  4. LINDA, DAVID BADCOCK November 28, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    So agree with Pat, very disappointing decision.

  5. Pat Hayden November 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    A very disappointing decision. Councillor Saville is quite right – traders need to be where the people are. There was nothing wrong with Mr. Deason’s original site, as it was perfectly safe – unlike when he had to move to Silver Street. Trying to fight with the cars for space behind the town hall is not an acceptable alternative.