Market Failure?: Can the traditional market survive? - Communities and Local Government Committee Contents

Memorandum by the London Borough of Enfield (MARKETS 36)

  I write in response to your letter addressed to Rob Leak; Chief Executive, dated 27 April 2009 inviting us to comment on the legislative provisions for (traditional) street markets under the London Local Authorities Act 1990 (as amended).

There are two traditional retail markets within the London Borough of Enfield. However, both of these markets operate on private land (not being part of the highway) by the owner of that land, and so fall outside the licensing regime under the London Local Authorities Act 1990. We do, however, have a small number of stalls that are licensed in a few designated streets, and have recently extended street trading to include farmers and seasonal markets and also to tables and chairs outside cafes etc. We have found the legislation to be suitable and adequate to deal with the licensing and control of these matters.

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