What’s your pitch on street trading​?

Bath & North East Somerset Council is reviewing its policy on Street Trading – it says – to help the economy and ambience of the local area continue to thrive.

The Council is keen to engage with stall holders, residents, businesses and other stakeholders to ensure that this revision is comprehensive and supportive of a wide variety of interests, alongside local and national strategies.

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Street traders in Bath from a year or so ago. Shame the florist had to give up!

The Street Trading policy was published in 2010 and reviewed in 2014, so we want to revise the contents to ensure we continue to create a street trading environment which:

  • seeks to enhance the character, ambience and safety of local environments;
  • provides diversity and consumer choice;
  • promotes healthy eating and provides local food;
  • ensures that public spaces become active spaces;
  • complements premises based trading; and
  • is sensitive to the needs of residents.

Cllr Bob Goodman (Conservative, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Development and Neighbourhoods, said: “We have a vibrant mix of street traders – from fruit sellers and food outlets to florists and artists – as well as regular markets which all add to the distinctive character of our area.

“We will be looking at topics such as how the variety of street traders in Bath compares with what’s available in places like Keynsham and Midsomer Norton. We are keen to hear people’s views on all aspects of the policy so we encourage everyone to get involved.”

You can make comments on the Street Trading policy by responding online using the link: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/consultations/street-trading-policy-review  You will find draft copies of the policy, conditions and guidance notes on the webpage.

You can request a paper copy by calling 01225 477533.

The consultation will run from 11 April to 6 June inclusive.  After this 8 week period, all comments will be reviewed and the final version of the policy will be submitted to the Council’s Cabinet for approval.