Push to grow number of street trading sites

Street trading is confined to Market Place in Ripon at the moment.
Street trading is confined to Market Place in Ripon at the moment.

A consultation has been launched on whether street trading in Ripon should be extended beyond the city’s Market Place.

The chairman of the Chamber of Trade, the City Development Manager, Ripon Cathedral, local ward councillors and businesses on Kirkgate have requested that the consultation be carried out with a view to changing the current policy.

Coun Stuart Martin, chairman of Harrogate Borough Council’s licensing committee, is urging people to respond.

He said: “Like many other market towns, Ripon’s major street trading takes place on Market Place but, as the city is continually looking to increase footfall and visitors to the city, it has been agreed that the street trading policy be reviewed.”

A street trading policy was introduced in Ripon in 1997 which only permitted street trading on the Market Place and licensing officials want to know if people think this policy is now out-of-date and other streets and parks and open spaces should be included.

Coun Martin said: “We are consulting all the usual groups and bodies we are required to under the guidelines but I am keen to hear other comments and thoughts from anyone with an interest in Ripon.

“Street scene is an important aspect of what makes a market town attractive to visitors and also to residents. This is a good opportunity to embrace a change to add to the ‘Ripon offer’.”

The closing date for responses to the consultation is Monday, October 14.

The consultation is available online at www.harrogate.gov.uk/pp/Pages/Street-Trading-Consent.aspx?lgnl, at Ripon town hall or by telephoning 01423 556843.