Street vendors licence granted

COUNCILLORS have granted a street vendors licence for Newtonhill Road.

Following discussions at March’s Kincardine and Mearns Area committee meeting a street vendors licence has been granted and a fish and chip van will be setting up business in Newtonhill.

During discussions about the van Councillors on the committee heard about the police’s concerns about the licence over road safety and possible “youth annoyance”. In their consultation Grampian police said they felt that the two residential properties opposite the site and the community of Newtonhill would not be welcoming of the van.

Councillors also heard from the applicant who put across their commitment to the community. The applicant explained that they did carry out all legally required advertising of the application.

The application had received no representations however councillors did voice their concern that this was because the community were not aware of the application, not because they were okay with it.

Councillor Mollison said: “It is disappointing that the people who live directly opposite have not been approached to hear their views.”

Councillors were concerned about the possibility of “youth annoyance” however they felt that with Newtonhills track record of youth behaviour this was not too much of a concern.

Councillor Mollison described the police’s report and their concerns about anti-social behaviour as presenting a “doomsday scenario.”

Following their discussion, Councillors voted to grant the street vendors licence as they deemed that the issues raised by Grampian police were all purely hypothetical and were very general issues which would come with any application.