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Tuesday July 14, 2020
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Croydon Council has recently announced proposals to change the way it charges businesses for street trading licences.

In a 28 day public consultation which is promoted through obscure tweets like "do street trading fees affect you?" the council proposes changing the structure for street trading fees from a fixed fee, to a fee per square metre. Under their proposals businesses are faced with a huge increase in their street trading fees from April 2016.

This decision does not just affect businesses, it affects ordinary citizens. Street Trading fees cover the licensing of a broad range of on street activities. While it may sound like it just governs things like market stalls (which are exempt from the increase under the new proposals) it actually affects any activity occupying the footpaths on an interim or ongoing basis. Any outside tables or chairs which are on the public footpath or highway are subject to street trading regulations.

Matthews Yard currently pays £89 per year for the rights to have tables and chairs outside our premises. Under the new proposal this fee would increase to £2496 per year. This is an unrealistic and unfair increase and will force us to remove the tables and chairs which our customers enjoy so much in the rare opportunities our weather affords us to use the space.

We urge the council to rethink their decision and proposed fee structure.  While we would welcome an increase something closer to a doubling or tripling of fees and then future annual increases in line with inflation seem more proportionate.

A petition has been setup here: https://www.change.org/p/reverse-croydon-councils-proposals-for-a-2-743-increase-in-our-street-trading-fees

For more information on the council proposals and to give them feedback direct and in private please click here.

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