Proposed new rules for mobile traders in Dunedin could
threaten the ''vibrancy'' in some parts of the city, a city
The concern was raised by Cr Teresa Stevenson as councillors
considered a proposed new mobile trading bylaw at yesterday's
planning and environment committee meeting.
The new bylaw, updating one dating back to 2004, includes a
rule prohibiting mobile traders from operating within 300m of
existing businesses selling ''like-kind'' goods or services.
The ''like-kind'' test would be applied to goods of the same
type, such as coffee, and not more general comparisons such
as hot food, council environmental health team leader Ros
MacGill told the meeting.
If the bylaw was enforced, mobile traders would be eligible
for an exemption only if they obtained letters granting
permission to operate from existing businesses in the area,
The existing bylaw had worked well but needed a ''tidy-up'',
as there were now 140 licensed mobile traders in the city and
the number was growing, she said.
However, Cr Stevenson said the bylaw's 300m exclusion zone
would effectively prohibit some mobile traders from operating
on council reserves.
That would include the Otago Museum reserve and others at
Kettle Park, Marlow Park and Wickliffe Square, she feared.
''This is going to affect the vibrancy of business in the
area ... we should be encouraging business vibrancy.
Sometimes, these food stalls go on to become permanent
businesses,'' she said.
Council staff pointed out the museum reserve was the only one
used by a mobile trader at present, while a coffee caravan on
the edge of Wickliffe Square was a permanent outlet on
Councillors voted to approve the new bylaw for public
consultation, despite continued opposition from Cr Stevenson,
Ms MacGill's report noted the bylaw would protect public
health and safety, as well as existing retailers' income, but
the council remained committed to supporting local businesses
and the vibrancy of the city.
Members of the public would have until October 11 to make a