The Sub-Committee has
considered an application for a Street Trading Licence made by Mr
Cosmin-Nicolae Turlica for a Mobile Street Trading Licence in
Worcester City Centre to operate Monday to Sunday from 10.00am
– 7.00pm, selling ice cream and lemonade.
At the start of the
hearing, the Chairman made the following statement:
to this Sub-Committee are not given under oath. However, I would
like to remind all parties that the highest standards are expected
and any deviation from these high standards could possibly
influence any decision of the Sub-Committee.”
All parties at the
hearing introduced themselves. Mr Turlica chose not to have any representation. Mr
Turlica stated he was satisfied with
the proposed procedure.
The Legal Services representative summarised the
matter for consideration. The matter had been referred to the
Sub-Committee for determination by Worcestershire Regulatory
Services as representations had been received from existing
Worcester City street trading licence holders, Mr and Mrs Bright
and Mr Connelly, both objecting to the grant of the
The Technical Officer (Licensing) presented the
report on behalf of Worcestershire Regulatory Services, setting out
the background to the application, as detailed in the agenda
parties were given the opportunity to ask questions of the
Technical Officer (Licensing) regarding the report.
Turlica was given the opportunity to
make representations in support of his application. Mr Turlica expressed his wish to be able to sell
ice-cream to the public and offer the Worcester community the right
to choose different products from different traders. Mr
Turlica confirmed to the Sub-Committee
that he would abide by the terms of the licence.
Stuart Wright of Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors spoke on behalf of Mr
Connelly. Mr Wright asked Mr Turlica
about trading prior to having received his street trading licence.
The Technical Officer (Licensing) was able to confirm that
licensing officers had approached Mr Turlica and requested he cease trading as a licence
had not yet been granted. The incident was taken as a
misunderstanding by Mr Turlica and that
he was fully compliant with officer instructions, consequently no
further issues of unlicensed trading have been reported.
Wright questioned the Technical Officer (Licensing) about
complaints received regarding street trading. The Technical Officer
(Licensing) responded that complaints have been received by the
Licensing Authority, although the Officer was unaware of the exact
figure. A number of complaints had been received regarding South
Quay and Riverside locations and that the focus of the complaints
had been about traders not moving on. The Chair asked if it was
known who had made the complaints. The Technical Officer
(Licensing) informed the Sub-Committee that the majority of these
complaints were from existing street traders.
Wright referred to section 4.3 of the report regarding reasons the
council may refuse an application. Mr Wright asked the Technical
Officer (Licensing) what constitutes “enough traders”.
The Technical Officer (Licensing) responded that for a mobile
street trading licence there should not be an issue of too many
traders as long as ...
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