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Crackdown on street food-traders

Unlicensed fast-food sellers trading near schools in Leicestershire will be the target of a new crackdown by council officials.

A scheme by North West Leicestershire District Council will mean street traders in selected areas will have to apply for consent.

It follows complaints about litter around roadside food outlets and the impact of street traders on shops.

Stalls in Coalville and Ashby town centres will be affected.

Street traders wanting to sell their goods around secondary schools, colleges, main trunk roads, business parks and industrial units will also need to obtain consent to trade.

Councillor John Bridges said: "By implementing this scheme we are ensuring all street traders are operating on a level playing field. All of them can be reassured that their competitors are meeting the same standards of health, safety and, where appropriate, food hygiene.

"Current problems and complaints have centred on particular areas and the consent scheme only seeks to address these issues and areas."

The council said traders needed to apply for a licence by 6 April.

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