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Street vendors

Street traders can be a source of healthy food. However, the placement of fast-food vans outside schools and workplaces may encourage less healthy eating, or subvert existing efforts aimed at improving nutrition within the school or work settings. This is particularly true in the context of the ‘school fringe’ where A5 hot food takeaways are beginning to be discouraged and school food regulations are improving pupils nutrition. Where restrictions are placed on static takeaways, similar restrictions must be put in place to prevent mobile traders exploiting a gap in the market.

Local authorities could look to street vendors as a means of improving access to healthy food by promoting fruit and veg stalls or healthy takeaway food in their area. This would require a local licensing policy favouring healthy food choices in provision of permits to trade.

Regulatory Option


Mobile traders are not governed by the planning regime. The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 gives local authorities the option to regulate street trading in their area by designating streets as prohibited, consent or licence streets.

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