Public Consultation on proposed changes to our Street Trading Policy (2022)

[UPDATE 20 JANUARY 2023: The consultation has now closed as the deadline for responding has passed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a response]

We're reviewing our Street Trading Policy (2022) to ensure it continues to keep up with changing legislation and meet the needs of the community on the Isles of Scilly and would like to get your views on 7 proposed changes.

Permission to trade is usually given by way of a 'consent' administered by the Council after an application has been approved in accordance with Schedule 4 of The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. Exemptions to this requirement are applied both legally and through local agreement.

In recent months, we have consulted with Councillors and stakeholders about revisions which would bring our Street Trading Policy up to date and in line with current operational requirements.

The proposed changes relate to:

  • extending the range of events and certain trading contexts which do not require a ‘consent to trade’
  • the use of electricity from an outside source
  • the use of external generators
  • whether the Council should take responsibility for consulting third parties on behalf of the applicant
  • whether a public notice should be displayed for street trading applications, and if so, for how long
  • whether street trading hours of operation should be constrained by blanket restrictions or considered on a case-by-case basis
  • whether street trading should be prohibited in certain areas or considered on a case-by-case basis

We've developed a survey to capture your thoughts on these changes and provide an opportunity for you to comment more widely on the regulation of street trading across the islands before Councillors make their final decisions.

Councillor Steve Watt, Chairman of Licensing Committee, said: “Over recent years, we feel that our street trading policy has become less relevant to the needs of the community and is overly restrictive in certain areas. Street trading is an important part of the local economy and we want to ensure that we are encouraging trade, whilst avoiding unnecessary disruption to other aspects of island life. You can help us decide which proposals to take forward by responding to this consultation, so please take this opportunity to have your say.”

A summary of responses and how they were used to inform the Street Trading Policy for 2023 will be posted, alongside the new policy, on the Council website in the coming months.

How to complete the survey

Visit our 'Public Consultation on our Street Trading Policy (2022)' webpage and click on the consultation response button.

The consultation is open from 4pm on Thursday, 22 December 2022 until 1pm on Friday, 20 January 2023 and should take about 10 minutes to complete.

If you or someone you know would like to respond to the consultation, but is unable to do so online, you can request a printed copy by emailing or collecting one from St Mary’s Library. Hard copy responses must be received by the Council before 1pm on Friday, 20 January 2023 or they will not be included in the consultation. You can either drop them into St Mary’s Library or post them to the following address:

Council of the Isles of Scilly
Town Hall
St Mary’s
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0LW

Thank you for taking the time to help shape the policy.

Publishing date: 
Thursday, 22 December, 2022