Street traders will need a licence

THE council has agreed to begin licensing street traders in and around Brighouse town centre.

It should prevent unauthorised hawkers setting up stalls in unsuitable locations, Calderdale Council Cabinet was told.

Licences will be needed for pitches in Thornton Square and consent will be necessary for using Canal Street and the area next to the market. Stalls will be banned from all other streets.

Councillors have agreed to increase the number of trading areas in Halifax to include the Crown Street junction with Waterhouse Street.

Community services spokeswoman Coun Pauline Nash (Lib-Dem, Skircoat) said the licensing system would enable the council to better control hot food and other traders, prevent nuisance and disturbance, and help keep the area clean and free of litter. Issuing licences should also raise some income for the council and help meet administration costs.