Mobile Catering Not Allowed to Trade in Lay By

by Roy
(Deal Kent)

I have been visited by the council and told i cannot work in this lay-by as it is apparently not a trunk lay-by it’s on a c road and is a large lay-by where lorries park overnight, also the local school has complained but I am at least quarter of a mile away and there are convenience shops closer to them than me.

There are no parking restrictions. I have been told to apply for a street traders licence but have had to cease trading. Is this correct about a non trunk lay-by the council licensing said its owned by the council not by highways is this correct

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May 23, 2012
Trading on a Lay-By
by: David

Dear Roy,

One way to find out if this is the case is to contact the Highway Agency and ask them the same question. Their answer should provide you with what you need to know and will clear up the question of who owns the non trunk lay-by.

As for the school complaining about students getting easy access to the type of food, all councils now seem to be cracking down on this with some vigour. I can appreciate that you are some distance away, but they do take these complaints seriously.

Also, just a thought, can you site your van on a farmers field next to a busy lay-by, I've seen a few of these and they tend to do very well.

Good luck with this, and do let us know how you get on.


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