Dan's new 'Padstow' law aims to license all street traders
The MP for North Cornwall has proposed a new law in Parliament to tackle street trading in Padstow and other resorts.
Traders, businesses and residents in the town have been concerned that some street traders offering services like hair braiding or henna tattoos are unregulated.
They have said this gives them an unfair advantage over local businesses who pay business rates and other street traders who pay for street trading licences.
Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson's proposed new law would change the existing street trading regulations to ensure that people providing services – as well as those selling goods – require a street trading licence to do so.
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The Bill received its First Reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday in response to concerns from residents, businesses, Padstow Town Council, the Harbour Commissioners and local police.
Mr Rogerson said he had been working with Cornwall councillor Richard Buscombe to find a solution to the problem.
"Despite its complicated title, this is a simple change in the law that would make sure that everyone in Padstow plays by the same rules.
"A lot of local people and business owners have been concerned about the unfair advantage that unregulated traders providing services in the town have over businesses and regulated street traders, and the lack of contribution they make to the town's economy. At the moment, the only way to tackle the problem would be for Cornwall Council to spend a lot of time and money getting a new bye-law passed by Parliament.
"My new law would be a quick and easy change to the current street trading rules and would make sure there is a level playing field for everyone in the town. I will continue to work to try and secure the Government's support for this change in the law."