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Traders angry over proposed ban

Street traders say they could be driven out of business if plans to move them out of the city centre go ahead.

The city council has sent out letters saying its planning to ban the traders from September, as they "detract from the city's high-class shopping".

The authority says they can move to the Clinton Street East market area off Parliament Street instead.

But some traders have started a petition against the plans, which they say are unfair.

Richard Kemp, who owns the Dinner Jackets potato stall, said: "There's some people's livelihoods we're talking about here, who have been on the Nottingham streets for more than 30 years, doing a very good service.

"All that time the council have been very happy with them and it is just strange that all of a sudden they want rid of them."

The council says the stalls detract from the city's image as a shopping mecca

A council spokesperson said: "Consultation started last week on recommendations made by the Council's City Centre Area Committee to prohibit street trading in the city centre and establish the trading on Clinton Street as a retail market.

"There will be a statutory period where representations on the proposal will be invited."

A final decision on the proposal will be made after representations are considered in August.

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