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Police concerns on safety around Valley Parade after increase in footfall at football
Street trading is to be banned from a wider area around Bradford City’s ground after the police raised safety concerns.
High-profile League Cup matches against Arsenal and Aston Villa last winter brought an increased number of street traders selling burgers, ice cream and football memorabilia in the surrounding roads.
And the police have said this is likely to continue with the Bantams moving up into League One.
In a letter to Bradford Council, licensing officer PC Su Dawson said: “Due to promotion, this season we are anticipating an increased number of fans attending the games and as such strongly believe that we are going to yet again see the street traders taking advantage of this increase in footfall.”
She said local takeaways had seen business drop as a result, and the congestion caused by traders’ vans compromised the safety of spectators.
Street trading is already banned in an area around Valley Parade, but PC Dawson asked for this to be extended as part of a district-wide review by Bradford Council.
This was given the go-ahead at a meeting of the Regulatory and Appeals Committee yesterday.
Traders will now be banned from an area between Midland Road, Hamm Strasse, Queens Road and Manningham Lane.
The meeting also heard about problems with street traders setting up gazebos on a windy street in Shipley.
Town centre manager Yvonne Crossley said a wind tunnel effect in Wellcroft and Market Square had caused gazebos to “blow the length of Wellcroft during inclement weather conditions”.
The committee agreed that from now on, any trader wanting to set up a gazebo on the street had to fill in a safety form.
The Council’s review has also altered some of the trading restrictions in other built-up areas of the district.
Areas where traders are barred, and areas where they can only trade with the Council’s permission, have now been set down on maps in a new document.
The restrictions will not cover ‘pedlars’ who trade on foot and carry their goods with them, stopping only to make sales.
These salesmen must instead have a Pedlar’s Certificate, which allows them to sell goods anywhere in the UK.
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