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    loosehead wrote:
    Seen them there all year ( a few) but why are the shops feeling threatened?
    I lived in Thailand & on every pavement you find stalls selling everything but instead of driving trade away from the shopping Malls they attract custom .
    the shoppers stop look at the stalls then go into the Malls so boosting trade for the Malls.
    If the Council were asked to do this I'll give credit where credit's deserved well done for acting so promptly but is it fair on these sellers?
    Could you not find them another pitch to make both groups happy?
    If you can then you really are doing the right thing
    From my point they block the walking area. Outside West Quay doors you have a congregation of smokers, push chair brigade, Charity sellers etc.

    It can be a nightmare trying to walk past without bumping into someone who is far too busy looking at Facebook on their mobile.

    It just becomes one big stand still on busy days.
    I find shopping stressful as it is, so to have these annoyances just makes me avoid the Centre of town."
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Southampton street sellers given just one week to quit prime site

Southampton street sellers given just one week to quit prime site

One of the mobile phone accessory pedlars outside WestQuay.

One of the mobile phone accessory pedlars outside WestQuay.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THEY are the familiar faces who sell anything from hotdogs to mobile phone covers to shoppers in Southampton city centre.

But from tomorrow they must be gone from outside WestQuay shopping centre – or face a fine of up to £1,000.

City council bosses have handed the street sellers notices that will force them to leave their pitches in Above Bar, where many have worked for years.

They were given just one week’s notice to leave after the council claimed it received complaints from shops worried about their effect on their business and members of the public.

The pedlars, who each pay £12.25 a year for their licences, have reacted furiously.

However, council chiefs say the increasing number of street sellers has become a problem in recent months to the extent that they could block emergency vehicles from getting into the road.

The problem has reached a crisis point with the opening of the annual German market, which stretches along the precinct.

Thomas Hull, 18, from, Ruby Road, Bitterne, Southampton, who sells mobile phone accessories, said: “I’m going to have to move to another city because of this.

“It’s tough to sell in other places and it’s shocking that they only gave us a week’s notice to move.”

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Pedlar certificates are issued by the police and can be used to trade anywhere in the UK. Applicants must be aged over 17 and there is no restriction on the number of licences issued.

According to the city council, they allow a person to trade while on foot including selling door to door.

Pedlars are expected to move around approximately every 20 minutes, distinguishing them from street traders who have a fixed stall.

Cllr Asa Thorpe, Cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “While we had only a small number of pedlars in the precinct we did not take any action, but in recent months there has been increasing numbers and this has become a problem.”

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