A GREENGROCER wants permission to sell fruit and veg from the back of his van.
Abid Hussain needs a street trader’s licence for his moveable market plan, which he wants to run from 10am until 7pm, Monday to Friday.
He is asking for permission to sell from a transit van on a route from Fartown to Crosland Moor.
The intended route is: Honoria Street, Norwood Road, Thomas Road, Bentley Street, Devonshire Street, Ellison Street, Walpole Road, Ivy Street, Wellfield Road, Seagrave Road and Romany Avenue.
It would mark a return to the days of yesteryear, when many traders sold bread, pop and other groceries from vans around Huddersfield.
But the Oldham-based applicant, a trader of four years, faces objections. He has been working as a street trader in Rochdale and has now submitted an application to Kirklees Licensing. It will be considered at Huddersfield Town Hall at 10am next Monday.
Clr Molly Walton (inset), ward member for Crosland Moor, said: “There may be objections as we have numerous shops already selling veg/fruit etc. I suspect the same will apply to the Fartown area, so I cannot say I agree at the moment as it may cause friction in this ward.”
West Yorkshire Police also oppose the plan, saying: “We cannot support this application, all these are busy areas and a mobile veg van would only cause problems for other road users.”
Kirklees Highways also lodged its opposition, saying: “The presence of a large van at the roadside, selling fruit and vegetables, would do little to keep traffic flowing and would not be in the interests of road safety.”