Application for a variation of a street trading licence - Whitecross Street, EC1
The Committee noted that the applicant, Mr Peter Holmes, was present. They further noted that the objector was not present but had submitted a statement, copies of which had been circulated to the Committee and the applicant.
The Street Trading Service Manager reported the general background to the case. There had been an agreement in place for the applicant to start setting up at 7:30am but following representations from the objector this had been pushed back to the original time of 8:00am. Eight traders, all selling food, had previously been granted licences to begin setting up at 7:00am.
The applicant, Mr Holmes, stated that many other traders prepared their food off site or had access to restaurant kitchens for preparation where as they had to prepare all of their stock on site. The Committee noted that the stall had been monitored several times and noise from clattering of trays had been noted on one of these. The applicant and his staff had been advised of the issue and no nuisance had been recorded by the Noise Team since that incident. The applicant reported that there were a number of other businesses who were on site earlier than the requested start time including a coffee shop under the objector’s flat and a milk float that made a round early in the morning. The applicant had been trading from that site for nearly three years but complaints had only started in 2013. The applicant circulated a petition in support of his application. He noted that the signatories were clear that any early set up at the weekend would be unacceptable but they were happy to support 7:00am set up Monday to Friday.
The Street Trading Service Manager reported that on balance 7:00am was considered to be a reasonable set up time in an inner London area but would urge that the applicant be reminded to keep noise to a minimum as it was a residential area.
The applicant stated that he was on site almost every day and would ensure his staff were told that all noise must be kept to a minimum.
That the application from Mr Peter Holmes for a variation of his street trading licence be approved.
Reason for decision
The Committee considered all of the written and oral evidence.
Having considered Mr Bursey’s representations, the Committee felt that because of the nature of the business and the preparation time involved, the variation to setting up times to 7.00am was not unreasonable in order for the licence holder not to breach the general conditions of the licence in respect of setting up times in Whitecross Market.
The Committee was keen to see Whitecross Street Market continue to flourish but must balance the rights of nearby residents not to have to put up with noise in the early hours, with those of the street traders to earn their living and would encourage the applicant to keep noise levels to a minimum. The application for a 7:00am set up time Monday to Friday was considered reasonable for the preparation of fresh food