Saturday, November 27 2021
Street trading will continue to be banned at Liverpool Terrace and Gardens.

At a meeting of the Worthing Borough Council Licensing and Control Committee on Monday, September 27, councilors agreed to change the rules of street trading.

Agents said companies were encouraged to trade outside during the pandemic to “reduce the risk of transmission.”

They added that people had now “gotten used” to being outdoors and that emergency legislation that relaxed street trading rules has been extended until September 2022.

In June, before restrictions on coronaviruses were relaxed, the committee tasked officers with informing the public of the potential changes. At the time, they were looking to allow street trading at Broadwater Street West (south of Ardsheal Road), South Street, and Liverpool Terrace and Gardens.

It is currently illegal to sell goods in these areas.

At the meeting, a speaker opposed the authorization of street trading in Liverpool Terrace and Gardens.

Dawn Smith said: “I speak on behalf of the 16 properties located directly across from Liverpool Gardens.

“At the end of the street we have stalls selling food as well as McDonald’s – it’s a very small space.

“I love stalls and think it’s a great way for small businesses to sell their products, but Liverpool Gardens is not a suitable place.

“It’s a nice, shaded area with tree canopy, and the stalls should go on the grass.

“It is a very important place for people to sit, eat and relax.”

Some councilors said they had “changed their mind” after hearing Ms Smith speak and they unanimously approved an amendment by Sean McDonald (Con, Northbrook) to exclude Liverpool Gardens and Terrace from street trading.

Mr. McDonald said, “I am a big believer in protecting our green spaces. There are alternatives to Liverpool Gardens and I don’t think we should be using them. “

Hazel Thorpe (LDem, Tarring) said the gardens have been donated to residents of Worthing and should remain excluded from street trading.

At least nine letters of objection have been received from the public who do not want to see the street trade in Liverpool Gardens.

Councilors voted to change Broadwater Street West (south of Ardsheal Road) and South Street from “no-go zones” to “consent zones” to allow street trading.

Officers said this would allow exchanges to continue through the night of the Nov. 5 bonfire.

They explained, “Street trading rules in South Street Square were long outlawed on November 5, when businesses could organize rides there, but not sell food.”

It is an offense to trade in any of the streets below and anyone found doing so could be fined £ 1,000: Ann Street, Anscombe Road, Ardsheal Road, Bedford Row, Bernard Road , Boulevard (North of Nelson Road), Broadwater Street West, Brighton Road, Buckingham Road, Chapel Road, Chatsworth Road, Columbia Drive, Crescent Road, Cross Street, Dominion Road, Findon Road, George V Avenue, Goring Way, Graham Road, Ham Road, High Street, Liverpool Road, Liverpool Terrace, Marine Parade, Marine Place. Mulberry Lane, New Street, Offington Lane, Oxford Road, Prospect Place, Railway Approach, Rectory Road, Sompting Road, South Farm Road (north of Ardsheal), South Street, South Street Tarring, Steyne, Teville Gate, Teville Place, Teville Road, Union Place, Victoria Road, Wallace Avenue, Warwick Street, West Buildings and West Parade.

It is an offense – punishable by a fine of up to £ 1,000 – for a person to trade without a license in the following places:

● Rue Montague and Place Montague

● Marine Crescent & Marine Drive

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