Leeds gets new powers to control street pedlars

Leeds City Council has been awarded extra powers to control trading in the street after a new act has been passed in Parliament.

In early February a private act, promoted by the council, was passed through parliament and has now received royal assent and will be known as the Leeds City Council Act 2013.

These new powers will allow the council to designate specific areas where greater controls apply to street ‘pedlars’, the size of their trolleys and the numbers of them.

Before the act was brought in, the number of ‘pedlars’ could not be controlled, and they could congregate in busy areas of the city centre and cause problems.

At the moment a street trader with a static stall must have a consent issued by the council. This allows the council to consider whether the location is suitable and safe and that the trader is reputable.

A pedlar does not need a council licence. Instead they should have a certificate which is issued by the police after minimal checks and can be used anywhere in England and Wales.

Traditionally a pedlar walked around selling goods which they carried. Increasingly the modern pedlar uses a large, unwieldy and often unsafe stall which they barely move. The distinction between trader and pedlar has become blurred.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member for development and the economy said:

“Before the bill was passed, the numbers of pedlars in the city centre could not be controlled at all and they were congregating in large numbers in busy crowded streets and at major street events.

“With the Leeds Arena opening and the Tour de France coming soon to the city these additional powers will be vital and will help to ensure a vibrant retail high street.


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Catherine Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk