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Tackling illegal street traders

Tackling illegal street traders

4:28pm 27th January 2012

Councillor Sandy Fraser, Cabinet member for Crime and Community Safety will be asked to approve an amended Enforcement Policy, which aims to tackle illegal street trading activities.

Councillor Sandy Fraser will be asked for approve the 'Review of Street Trading Enforcement Controls' at a decision session on Tuesday 7th February.

The review is taking place following a number of complaints received by City of York Council's Trading Standards and Licensing officers regarding the operation of certain street sellers.

Councillor Sandy Fraser, said:

"Illegal street trading undermines legitimate business activities in York and gives the perpetrator an unfair commercial advantage and damages the reputation out city. So, I will be discussing how to take these steps to change the Enforcement Policy and help tackle rogue street traders

"The majority of the complaints the council receives are about sellers of 'gag mags' claiming to be students collecting for charity when clearly they are not.

"So, we would like to hear from anyone who believes illegal street trading activities are taking place, or anyone who has been approached in the street to buy goods, particularly if claims are made about where the money is going."

Trading Standards can be contacted via Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 or the Licensing Section on 01904 552512.

For more information please visit www.york.gov.uk/advice/Trading_standards/

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