A twist in the tale
Mar 30, 2017 — Please email Hick, Rosalind: WCC and Watson, Ed: WCC re: BSTS: ‘permanent’ licence application delay - and ask them to issue traders with permanent licences, you may just save the campaigning traders of Berwick Street from a forced temporary licence and later review by committee that could determine our departure. We have ended the privatisation bid but it is by no means certain that we will be permitted to stay without a 'permanent' licence. WCC has not engaged with traders since the privatisation plan was dropped. Our current licences expire tomorrow. Thanks again. Berwick Street Trader Society
Westminster City Council
Public Protection & Licensing
4th Floor 64 Victoria Street
London, SW1E 6QP
As you are aware, the Traders operating in Berwick Street have made applications for Licences since 4th February 2017 and have completed those applications since 24th February 2017. The Council have now asked for new Applications to be submitted which we see as both unnecessary and unacceptable under the terms of the City of Westminster Act 1999. We have, to date, made numerous requests to the council for the current and extensive applications to be formally processed under the COW Section 11 (1), (2)(a)(c)(d)(e). The Council have failed to comply with this.
We would also expect the council to adhere to its obligations under Section 11 (6) to report back to the Applicants in 28 days. That period has now been breached by some 7 days, which again is unacceptable.
We now find that temporary licences are now beyond their application dates but remain valid under Section 18 (1) (a)(b)(c)(d)(e), (8).
We would also draw the Council’s attention to the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 Section (19) (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6). Council Officer’s absence for Vacations is not legitimate criteria for a delay.
We would also draw the Council’s attention to Section (19) (5), which would allow Traders to operate under licence without formal notification beyond the 28 days.
May we also take this opportunity to once again request that the applications for licences now be granted by the council. We understand that we are currently able to operate under the original licence conditions until the new licences have been produced.
Chair, Berwick Street Traders Society
On behalf of Berwick Street Market traders listed below who have approved this letter in writing on this day 30th March 2017:
BSTS: ‘permanent’ licence application delay
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