A chance to shape West Suffolk Council’s approach to Street Trading

Audience: Street traders, residents, businesses, event organisers, councillors, town and parish councils

This consultation is now closed. It was open from 5 February 2024 to 18 March 2024.

Street trading covers a wide range of outdoor retail and catering activities undertaken in public streets. It includes flower sellers, ice-cream vendors, fancy goods, souvenir stalls and a variety of hot and cold catering activities such as burger vans.

West Suffolk Council is due to review its street trading licensing policy later this year. 

But before it does, it wants to hear from street traders, businesses, events organisers, town and parish councils, residents and other stakeholders on some of the issues which could potentially be covered and addressed in the new policy.

The considerations of this policy are about how the council best supports local businesses and the sustainable growth of the economy while also best serving the interests of our residents and visitors. 

It’s about what the level of regulation should be and how we get the balance right. 

We have written to licensed street traders, Our Bury St Edmunds and Love Newmarket Business Improvement Districts, town and parish councils across West Suffolk and a host of other groups and stakeholders, to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to collaborate and help shape our future policy.

People can help by taking part in a short survey at SmartSurvey - Street trading

The survey will remain open until 18 March 2024, after which the council will look at the feedback and use it to help shape and draft its new policy.