New rules on street trading being lined up

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NEW guidelines are being drawn up for street traders.

The rules now agreed replace North Tyneside Council’s previous regulations on static foreshore stands.

They come into force on Monday, September 5, and from then, anyone selling directly to the public on the street will need to have either a licence or consent to trade.

Eight zones, all popular visitor destinations, have been earmarked as licensed streets and allocated a limited number of trading sites.

They include St Mary’s Island, Whitley Bay, Tynemouth and Cullercoats seafronts and North Shields Fish Quay.

Each has an allocated number of hot food, cold food and non-food traders that will be allowed.

The rest of the borough is designated as a consent area, meaning traders will require written permission to operate.

Coun George Westwater, the council’s cabinet member for regulatory services, said: “This street trading scheme will open up new opportunities for small traders and add to the character and ambience of some popular visitor areas.

“We are hoping that it will not only attract ice-cream stands and other traditional food sellers, but will prompt some innovative ideas that can add to the retail offer we provide for residents and visitors.

“Why not have fresh fish stalls and sandwich sellers alongside the traditional ice-cream van?”

For details, call (0191) 643 2175.