BY-LAWS should be brought in to prevent pedlars taking advantage of Chichester’s farmers’ market.
This was the call from district councillors on Monday, with the consensus being it was creating a bad impression of the city.
Gordon McAra, who has been critical this year of how the city appears to visitors, led the calls.
“With the farmers’ market at the Cross, there four or five stalls that are not part of the farmers’ market selling absolute tat,” he told a full council meeting on Monday.
“I’m really concerned about this a lot.
“It degrades the image of Chichester.
“We badly need by-laws in the city to control these people.”
He quizzed the cabinet as to whether they would consider putting forward a report on how to proceed.
East Wittering councillor and former chairman Peter Clementson added the issue had been going on for many years.
“A trader can get a licence in Sunderland and trade here,” he said.
“It brings the standard of our city downwards, especially when so much trouble is taken on the local market – it diminishes it.
“I just hope it can be resolved one way or another.”
The district council’s executive director for the environment Steve Carvell said the issue had been raised by Cllr McAra at a previous meeting.
“Since then, the officers have made quite considerable investigations into the use of by-laws,” he said.
However, he said the council was advised the use of by-laws for such a purpose would be unauthorised.
“We’re very much aware of the street trader activity and the increase that can take place at seasonal times,” he said.
He said officers had spoken with the traders.
“I can’t go very much further at this stage other than to say it’s a matter at the very top of officers’ lists,” he added.
“We’re looking to see what we can do to bring control.”