Defiant 'evicted' traders vow to carry on selling

Daily Echo: Street trader Daban Saman. Street trader Daban Saman.

STREET sellers ordered off their Southampton city centre pitches by council officials have vowed to continue trading.

But pedlars told to move from the Above Bar pedestrian precinct or face fines of up to £1,000 have promised to do as they are told and move on – for now.

As reported, traders were given notice they must today stop selling their goods, including mobile phone covers, hats and scarves, outside WestQuay Shopping Centre because of complaints from shops they are damaging business.

The sellers, who pay £12.25 a year for a licence, last night promised to abide by the council’s notices, saying they would move away from the precinct and pitch their stalls further along Above Bar.

But they told the Daily Echo they believe they are unlikely to attract enough customers there to make their businesses viable, and said they would reconsider moving back at the weekend if they are proved right.

Ali Jawarneh, 48, who travels from London to sell mobile phone accessories, said: “We will move, but it’s no good there.

“Some have tried it already and they sold nothing all day, so maybe Sunday we will come back.

“We need to keep trading because it’s our livelihood.

Why are the council trying to push people out of work?”

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2:11pm Fri 14 Dec 12

SaintsBTGOG says...

These people are illegally trading in the precinct as they dont abide by the rules of their victorian pedlars licence. They also create a shabby downmarket look to our precinct. The hot dog seller has no food licence. The shops in our town pay taxes and business rates to trade. These people pay nothing apart from a measly £12 a year.


I hope they are arrested and prosecuted if they ignore the ban.
These people are illegally trading in the precinct as they dont abide by the rules of their victorian pedlars licence. They also create a shabby downmarket look to our precinct. The hot dog seller has no food licence. The shops in our town pay taxes and business rates to trade. These people pay nothing apart from a measly £12 a year. I hope they are arrested and prosecuted if they ignore the ban. SaintsBTGOG
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2:42pm Fri 14 Dec 12

moocowpoorchick says...

Saintsbtgog,
I am intrigued, Whilst I personally find these pedlars wares tacky,where how and why are they trading illegally? They have purchased the relevant licence is it not the council that has moved the goal posts? Also what is the rules of the Victorian pedlars licence?...I really don't know so while this may come over condescending it is not meant to so please don't take it that way.
Saintsbtgog, I am intrigued, Whilst I personally find these pedlars wares tacky,where how and why are they trading illegally? They have purchased the relevant licence is it not the council that has moved the goal posts? Also what is the rules of the Victorian pedlars licence?...I really don't know so while this may come over condescending it is not meant to so please don't take it that way. moocowpoorchick
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4:14pm Fri 14 Dec 12

beiroot says...

Have they run out of space in London then?
Have they run out of space in London then? beiroot
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5:48pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Subject48 says...

I do not think, any of these people can afford a 1k a week rent in west quey, do you?

You have been so brainwashed that you think only a corporate store can offer decent good.

You dont even realise that the tatt they sell probably comes from the same thaiwanese sweat shop as the high market goods you have been brainwashed into buying/wanting by corporate marketing.

I have bought thier scarves and hats before and i have been very satisfied. I pity those of you that look down on personal trading.

What you aint going to be "cool" if someone sees you buying stuff from them? No wonder moran and other sh1ts are getting away with murder.
I do not think, any of these people can afford a 1k a week rent in west quey, do you? You have been so brainwashed that you think only a corporate store can offer decent good. You dont even realise that the tatt they sell probably comes from the same thaiwanese sweat shop as the high market goods you have been brainwashed into buying/wanting by corporate marketing. I have bought thier scarves and hats before and i have been very satisfied. I pity those of you that look down on personal trading. What you aint going to be "cool" if someone sees you buying stuff from them? No wonder moran and other sh1ts are getting away with murder. Subject48
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7:23pm Fri 14 Dec 12

bazzeroz says...

Subject48 wrote:
I do not think, any of these people can afford a 1k a week rent in west quey, do you?

You have been so brainwashed that you think only a corporate store can offer decent good.

You dont even realise that the tatt they sell probably comes from the same thaiwanese sweat shop as the high market goods you have been brainwashed into buying/wanting by corporate marketing.

I have bought thier scarves and hats before and i have been very satisfied. I pity those of you that look down on personal trading.

What you aint going to be "cool" if someone sees you buying stuff from them? No wonder moran and other sh1ts are getting away with murder.
Can you translate this into some sort of understandable English. I didn't understand a word of it. Rambling man, rambling.
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: I do not think, any of these people can afford a 1k a week rent in west quey, do you? You have been so brainwashed that you think only a corporate store can offer decent good. You dont even realise that the tatt they sell probably comes from the same thaiwanese sweat shop as the high market goods you have been brainwashed into buying/wanting by corporate marketing. I have bought thier scarves and hats before and i have been very satisfied. I pity those of you that look down on personal trading. What you aint going to be "cool" if someone sees you buying stuff from them? No wonder moran and other sh1ts are getting away with murder.[/p][/quote]Can you translate this into some sort of understandable English. I didn't understand a word of it. Rambling man, rambling. bazzeroz
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9:06pm Fri 14 Dec 12

tootle says...

I don't care whether the pedlars are there or not. Would have no objection to buying their goods if I wanted or needed them. I do care that their music isn't!.
I don't care whether the pedlars are there or not. Would have no objection to buying their goods if I wanted or needed them. I do care that their music isn't!. tootle
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1:49pm Sat 15 Dec 12

SaintsBTGOG says...

They are illegally trading as they dont abide by the pedlars act licence.

Eyesore to the town centre and not the image we should be projecting to visitors.

Get them out, just like every other council has done in the country.
They are illegally trading as they dont abide by the pedlars act licence. Eyesore to the town centre and not the image we should be projecting to visitors. Get them out, just like every other council has done in the country. SaintsBTGOG
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11:50pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Eric Pickles says...

Get em out !
Get em out ! Eric Pickles
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