More streets could be included in trading laws

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Additional street trading laws could be introduced in Brighouse and Halifax.

At a meeting of the Cabinet, councillors agreed to begin a consultation on the proposals which could generate more cash for the council.

If the proposals are passed, trading in Brighouse streets will be prohibited, other than in Thornton Square, which could become a licensed area and Canal Street, which could become a consent area.

In Halifax, Crown Street could become a consent street.

Exisiting consent streets include Bull Green, George Square, George Street, The Square and the Woolshops, and sections of Commerical Streets, Wade Street and Wards End.

However, the consultation will not include any streets in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden after ward councillors failed to identify any suitable streets for traders.

Should the cabinet approve the new areas following the consultation, it could mean more charges for anyone selling products in the street, including stalls, food vans, or people taking surverys and touting for business.

The leader of the council Janet Battye said: “Street trading laws are an interesting area.

“Since the budget reviews we’ve moved into all sorts of different areas and this is one of them.”

The fees for licensed streets will cost traders £4,000 a year. Operating on consent streets costs traders £100 a day.

Traders who operate in prohibited streets or in licensed or consent streets without the appropriate persmission face being fined.

The council hopes to make additional savings of £20,000 for it’s Licensing Service next year.

It is estimated that the introduction of street trading regulations throughout the borough would have achieved £10,000, although that figure could drop with the exclusion of regulations in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

There are currently six licensed trading pitches in Halifax.

Areas of Wade Street, the Woolshops, and the north gate of the Piece Hall require licenses to trade during the day, while Bull Green, George Square and Wards End require licenses at night.

There are currently over 120 streets in Halifax which are prohibited.

The Cabinet will be asked to consider recommending the approval of the policy to the council on 25 April.