Buskers and bungee jumping coming to Hatfield?

PUBLISHED: 19:37 04 February 2017 | UPDATED: 19:37 04 February 2017

Hatfield town centre

Hatfield town centre

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Buskers, static bungee jumping, a mini Olympics, food stalls and cookery demonstrations could be gracing Hatfield town centre if a proposal is given the nod.

Welwyn Hatfield Council is looking at whether to introduce street trading consent to Hatfield.

Street trading is different to the stalls currently seen in Hatfield town centre on Wednesdays and Fridays, which operate under market legislation.

Street trading would allow a single trader or up to four traders to pitch up, whereas market legislation means five or more stalls must be present.

Street trading permission would mean Hatfield’s Town Centre Manager could “invite traders to attend appropriate events to enhance the ambience, increase footfall and benefit businesses in Hatfield”.

The borough council stated in a report: “It is not intended to have any permanent burger/kebab or ice cream vans in the trading positions.

“Types of events could include, but are not limited to music events (food related to music such as street food/hot donuts/candy floss/specialist ice cream or frozen yoghurt).

“Cooking demonstrations, healthy eating events, Christmas (hot chestnuts, hot chocolate, glow sticks), activities relating to events (mini Olympics, cycling, running, invited trader/specialist food), animal antics (pet shows, charity stalls), amusements (trampolining/static bungies/fairground rides).”

The report, which was put to the Environment and Scrutiny Committee on Monday, continued: “The intention is to increase the footfall in Hatfield which will benefit the shops and not have the same offering that will divert trade from shops.”

The council is considering a £20-£25 per day fee for street traders and has calculated that this would generate an income of between £1,040 and £1,300 per year if one trader traded for one day each week, each year.

To get the go ahead, the report would have to be agreed at a full council meeting.

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