Fenland Council lays down the law on traders who sell cars by the side of the road ... and ice cream vans

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Traders who sell their cars by the side of the road risk fines of up to £2,500 if they flout council guidelines.

People will need to get council permission to sell their cars by the side of the road under a strict new street trading policy.

Traders who do not obtain a Street Trading Credit from Fenland District Council face the threat of enforcement action.

It is also illegal for two or more vehicles to be parked for sale within 500 metres of one another. Rule-breachers will be liable to a fine of up to £2,500 under the Clean Neighbourhood Act 2005.

Street Trading Consents are required to trade in roads and walkways, on lay-bys, verges and footpaths, in car-parks and residential streets, on industrial estates and any other publically controlled highway or land owned, leased or maintained by the council.


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The guidelines apply for people trading from kiosks, food and drink stands, ice-cream vans and for artists and musicians who sell their recorded work on the street.

Under the policy, ice cream vans are not allowed to play chimes before noon or after 7pm, for longer than four seconds at a time, more often than once every three minutes or more often than once every two hours in the same length of street.

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Chimes can not also be played when the van is stationary or within 50 metres of schools (during school hours), hospitals and places of worship (on days of worship).

No live or recorded music shall be played by street traders at any time, the policy states.

If trading is to stop for a period of three weeks or more without the council being informed, the consent could be revoked and the pitch recorded as vacant.

Any stall must be removed from the highway or trading area out of permitted trading hours, the policy states.

The consent holder must have written permission from the owner of the land to trade on private land which is not part of the public highway.

The trading stall must not impede the access of emergency vehicles. It must be at least three metres away from any ground floor window, door or other opening of any premises. A clear pedestrian route of at least two metres shall be maintained along the highway, the policy adds.

Pitches must be vacated upon request, for as long as necessary, to enable highway inspections, repairs, street works and highway improvements to be undertaken, with no compensation paid to the trader.

The trader must not cause “danger, nuisance, annoyance, obstruction, damage or inconvenience” to the council, neighbours, road users or members of the public, the policy concludes.

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