Q1. Is the market owner responsible for providing electrical power and a water supply to each pitch?
The market owner has no liability for providing these facilities. However, for established market sites it is likely there is an electrical supply, which can be individually metered for traders’ use. This can provide a safer and neater market environment so as to avoid petrol generators and gas cylinders etc. Where hand washing facilities are a necessity for certain traders, there are portable hand washing units available if there isn’t a water and waste provided at the stall.
Q2. There are a number of companies and individuals that are on the street offering free samples and/or promotions to get people to sign up for services, such as Sky, AA etc. Can these activities be licensed under street trading legislation?
Q3. I am looking to replace the flooring at one of my markets which is used for both pedestrian and vehicle use. I would like to put a surface down which is both hardwearing and easy to clean. It should also be light in colour, as the market has a roof and I would like to reflect some light off the floor.
Q5. We want to make sure that our traders are labelling and pricing their fresh fruit and vegetables correctly. Where can I find this information?
Q6. An application has been received from a person who has a criminal record. Are there any special measures when processing the application?
Q7. We are having increased activity from political and religious groups operating near to our market. Can this be regulated and are there any policies for dealing with them?
This really depends on what activity is taking place. If any selling is taking place then this can be dealt with as illegal street trading. But if the activity appears to be causing an offence, inciting hatred or causing an offence then only the Police have the necessary powers to take any action. (PL)
Q8. As part of our on-going upgrading strategy, we are looking to replace the electricity supply to the stalls. At present we are using an in-ground unit, these have all the problems associated with electrics and water not mixing. What other options are there?
Q9. We have issues with waste water, produced by hot food sellers and how this is disposed. I am not referring to pure oil disposal as I know this needs to be properly collected by registered/authorised companies. How do we deal with blocked drains and how do you prevent traders from soiling pavements with grease and food debris?
Q10. There is an area of land that is viewed as private, enclosed all around except for the many footpaths and the main road that runs through it. There is a problem with ice cream vans going onto the land to trade for the day as it is open to the public 24 hours a day. Would it fall to the landowner to deal with this themselves or could Council Enforcement intervene to issue fines for illegal street trading? Would we need to get authorisation from the landowner to enforce street trading on their land?
From the description of the land it appears the public have free access for 24 hours of the day. If this is the case then the area of land is classified as a “street”, which includes any road, footway, beach or other area to which the public have access without payment. As such, this is deemed as illegal street trading and appropriate enforcement action can be taken. However, with the land being private, it is always advisable to consult with the landowner in the first instance to agree proposals.(PL)