STREET TRADERS TOLD: “YOU NEED LICENCES”
THREE STREET TRADERS on Church Road have been told to apply for licences after being reported for illegal trading.
Their stalls are outside empty premises close to the blocked off end of St Aubyns Road.
One of the three traders, Tony, who has had a stall there for three years, told News From Crystal Palace: “Someone phoned the police and reported us for illegal trading.
“The council then came along and said ‘Look – you need to get licences. ‘We’ll licence you.’
“We went to apply for temporary licences. “But certain individuals have taken it upon themselves to block the licences.”They’ve made complaints.
“When we applied to the council for a temporary licence we were told it was a contentious issue and we’d have to wait for a hearing in November.
“This is my living – it’s all our livings. “We’ve lost large parts of our income. “We’ve got the permission of the landlords of the derelict shops to be there.”
A Croydon council spokesman told News From Crystal Palace (September 15th): “There were people trading without a licence when they needed one. “They were advised accordingly.
“As I understand it, we’ve only received one licence application but we haven’t seen consent from the land owner re that trading.
“As it stands, it’ll go to the substantive licensing committee in November to consider. “All applicants are invited to attend. “It’s a meeting that the public are entitled to attend.”