Julian Brazier, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, is delighted that the Canterbury City Council Bill has at last cleared the final hurdle. After years in the pipeline, it was passed in the Commons yesterday, giving Canterbury Council the powers it needs to tackle the problem of illegal street trading.
“Canterbury has had a particular problem with street trading. It is at heart a mediaeval city, with narrow streets, yet at the same time it is the third most visited city in the country. The resultant congestion has been made worse by numbers of illegal street traders operating beside the legitimate street traders – who have each paid for a licence to trade. This Bill will allow Canterbury City Council to tackle the problem of pedlars acting illegally as street traders.
“I am delighted that we have steered this through the Commons at last – it has taken six years and a lot of hard work, but at last the Council will be able to tackle the illegal street trading which has blighted Canterbury’s High Street for far too long.”