Clampdown on rogue street traders in Pendle

Lancashire Telegraph: UNDERMINED: Coun Mike Blomeley UNDERMINED: Coun Mike Blomeley

ROGUE street traders have been banned from Nelson and Brierfield after a wave of protests from legitimate businesses.

Fly-by-night pedlars will be permanently barred from Arthur Street and Walter Street in Brierfield, the council has decided.

And ad-hoc traders will need consent from the borough council's licensing committee if they want to set up shop in future.

Nuisance traders selling fruit and veg have targeted the two towns in recent months, causing store owners and market traders to complain.

Licensing manager Mick Armfield told councillors that a man had been caught selling fruit and veg on the corner of Hardiman Street and Arthur Street last Wednesday, before he was moved on.

The ban on street trading in Arthur Street and Walter Street was brought in as an emergency measure, following representation from traders, just before Christmas.

Council leader Coun Mike Blomeley said: "Shops and traders were being undermined by the travelling vendors coming around, contributing nothing to the local community and simply usurping the legitimate business they were enjoying.

"The restriction in Brierfield certainlyseems to have solved the problem."

Licensing committee chairman Coun Eileen Ansar said she was satisified that the approach adopted would not threaten milkmen, ice cream vendors and legitimate market traders.

Councillors agreed that the action was being taken to address 'unlicensed and unwelcome' street traders.

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9:11pm Mon 10 Jan 11

Lifeinthemix says...

here we go yet another ASDA stakeholder decree...lose the traders not in our pay...
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supermarkets...they'
ll be the death of us all
here we go yet another ASDA stakeholder decree...lose the traders not in our pay... . supermarkets...they' ll be the death of us all Lifeinthemix

11:41am Tue 11 Jan 11

Izanears says...

Not quite on the subject of un-licensed traders as such, but I was amazed to see some weeks ago that a dress shop in the Pendle Rise centre was also selling Fruit and Veg. I think the practice has stopped now, but it took many weeks to end it.
Not quite on the subject of un-licensed traders as such, but I was amazed to see some weeks ago that a dress shop in the Pendle Rise centre was also selling Fruit and Veg. I think the practice has stopped now, but it took many weeks to end it. Izanears

3:51pm Wed 12 Jan 11

Bernard Righton says...

This clampdown will simply drive the sales of fruit and veg underground.
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Dealers will simply appear on street corners, pushing cauliflower and satsumas to pathetic users.
Parents - keep an eye on teenagers as any fruit use could be the start on the slippery slope of hard veg abuse
This clampdown will simply drive the sales of fruit and veg underground. ' Dealers will simply appear on street corners, pushing cauliflower and satsumas to pathetic users. Parents - keep an eye on teenagers as any fruit use could be the start on the slippery slope of hard veg abuse Bernard Righton

11:07pm Wed 12 Jan 11

retsofad says...

Is Mike Blomeley and Eileen Ansar going to stop the illigal trade in cigs, alcohol and drugs that is carried on in the many shops in and around Pendle? Some how I don't think so. If they did half the shops would shut.
Is Mike Blomeley and Eileen Ansar going to stop the illigal trade in cigs, alcohol and drugs that is carried on in the many shops in and around Pendle? Some how I don't think so. If they did half the shops would shut. retsofad

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