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Tuesday November 22 2016




Council looks into new rules for street vendors


„„ By Tom Doudney A NEW bylaw may be introduced to manage the increasing number of mobile food traders operating on Selwyn’s roadsides and reserves. District councillors will vote at tomorrow’s meeting on whether staff should prepare a draft bylaw to control such activities. The draft bylaw would be presented for district councillors to consider in July. The staff report to tomorrow’s meeting noted that there had been an increasing number of these traders, particularly food carts and vans, operating or inquiring about operating in Selwyn, especially during the summer months. The report acknowledged that careful consideration would have to be given as to how a bylaw would affect events, such as farmers markets and festivals. Mayor Sam Broughton said the district council did not want to make it harder for the public to use reserves. “It’s looking at people who are making an income out of it, rather than putting more red


STREET FOOD: The district council may introduce a bylaw to manage the increasing number of mobile food traders operating in Selwyn.

tape in place for community groups,” he said. The report said asset staff often dealt with complaints arising when traders operated on road sides. However, difficulties arose in persuading traders with the appropriate licenses to relocate as they had a common law right to occupy public roads. “Although the issues are not of a particularly significant scale at present, given the growth of the district, requests to undertake activities on land under the

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control of the council and the incidence of road side trading will only increase,” the report stated. Two street traders had operated in Darfield over the last two years, leading one local business to complain about the competition it was creating. Other examples of mobile food traders currently operating in the district included a coffee cart which parked beside the railway station in Rolleston, a pizza cart visiting Lincoln weekly from September to May, as well as a

Thai food truck. The district council currently has a limited arsenal of mechanisms to manage these activities, including provisions in the Parks and Reserves Bylaw and a footpath rental policy. However, there is no formal process in place to assess applications or keep track of them. A bylaw would guide the granting of licences for trading in public places, the types of trading allowed, health and safety, pedestrian access, consideration of established businesses and traffic flow. The Ashburton and Timaru district councils already have bylaws covering trading in public places, while the Christchurch City Council and Hurunui District Council control such activities via clauses in their public places bylaws. Mr Broughton said the aim was to have the bylaw in place in time for the following summer, so there was no urgency to prepare it before July. The time would allow staff to do thorough research on what had worked elsewhere.

In Brief WEST MELTON MALL The new West Melton Village Retail Centre will be officially opened by Selwyn MP Amy Adams on Friday at 1pm. Ms Adams will unveil a plaque and Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall will also be in attendance. Four Square West Melton was the first shop to open at the mall on November 8. HOTEL ASSAULT A Darfield man, 45, has been charged with assault and intent to injure after allegedly attacking a bar staff member at the Darfield Hotel. Senior Constable Andy Grant declined to comment on what led to the assault, but said the alleged attacker was a regular patron at the hotel and was known to his victim. The victim, a middle aged man, was kicked and punched a dozen or more times on the afternoon of October 13 before other patrons intervened. Senior Constable Grant said the victim was checked by ambulance staff but was okay apart from “a few bumps and bruises.” The alleged offender appeared in the Christchurch District Court last week and was remanded on bail to appear again on December 2.

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