Letter to Ed Watson from Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg
Mar 30, 2017 — Ed
Thanks for this information but I am afraid it avoids the central issue.
Having done some research and taken advice on this matter, I do not believe that you are acting properly.
As I understand the situation:
The Traders have made a request under City of Westminster Act 1999 (COW) Section 11(1) for a licence (Council Definition “Permanent”) to trade.
The Traders have completed their application as defined in COW Section 11 (2)(a)(c)(d)(e) (3)(4)(5)(6).
The council must now respond in an accepted manner to these applications and in a timely fashion given the applicants full reasoned replies and any forms of redress on a refusal of these Applicants under Section 18 (1)(a)(b)(c)(d)(e).
Any attempt to impose any alteration to the current licence conditions would also trigger an appeal under Section 18.
As far as I can see, the Council is abusing the temporary licence regime to limit the rights of the licensee. The Temporary Licence is a specific regime for Councils to issue for limited Carnivals or Street Events that are unique or time limited.
With the current temporary licences due to run out on 31st March, I insist that you deal with the traders' licence applications without further delay.
Again, please respond by return.