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Council cracks down on trader using street

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13 June 2016

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The owner of a Palmers Green supermarket was ordered to pay £3,671 by magistrates after they displayed their food on a public street without a street trading licence or temporary licence.

The owner of a Palmers Green supermarket was ordered to pay £3,671 by magistrates after they displayed their food on a public street without a street trading licence or temporary licence.

Koray Limited, the owner of the Elif Food Centre, in Green Lanes, Palmers Green, and its director Kemal Koca, 35, of Dominic Court, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, were found guilty after being prosecuted by Enfield Council at Tottenham Magistrates Court on 2 June. In their absence they were found guilty of five breaches each of the London Local Authorities Act 1990.

They were fined £200 for each of the five offences and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge, plus £1,325 costs (for Mr Koca) and £1,326 costs (for the company).

Magistrates heard that on 27 July 2015 an Environmental Crime Officer from Enfield Council visited Elif Food Centre and saw that wooden racks had been placed on the pavement outside the shop, for the purpose of displaying fruit and vegetables for sale. The staff were warned that enforcement action would be taken by the Council if the goods were not removed.

An officer visited the Elif Food Centre again on 3 August 2015 and took a photograph showing that the goods and racks still remained on the public highway, and despite fixed penalty notices costing £150 being issued on 5 August the racks still remained when officers visited on 25 August, 15 September and 20 October 2015.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson said "Enfield Council will act firmly against any business which flouts the law, including those who believe that the pavement is part of their premises and who put their wares out on the street without a street trading licence.

"Boxes and racks on the pavement can be hazardous for people in wheelchairs or pushing buggies and can be a tripping hazard and they will not be tolerated. Anyone blocking the pavement like this will be prosecuted."