Fruit and vegetable van sparks competition fear

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PLANS by a street trader to set up a pitch in a Sheffield suburb have been met with protests from neighbouring businesses who are concerned about the impact of the competition.

Sheffield Council’s licensing board is to consider an application by Mohammed Baseer, from Bradford, to trade at Ribston Road, Darnall.

A decision will be made at a meeting of the committee on Thursday morning.

Mr Baseer has asked for consent to trade between noon and 4pm on Fridays only, selling fruit, vegetables and cold drinks from his van.

But three nearby businesses, all based on Staniforth Road, have made objections about the application to Sheffield Council.

Mansoor Alyateai, of Rassam Day2Day store, said: “There are many people trading and any more licences will affect businesses in the locality. Therefore, I object.”

Waseem Ali, of Staniforth Mini Market, added: “As a local trader already estbalished, the additional licence would put hardship on the local traders. There are already too many street trading licences issued of similar nature and a further licence will affect our trade and livelihood.”

The owner of Bangala Bazaar added: “Vans have been going door-to-door selling for the last few years and if there are more of them, soon we will be out of business.”

The shopkeepers are unhappy about the food vans because they have lower operating costs so can undercut them on price.

A spokesman for Sheffield Council’s licensing department said street trading licences can only be granted for a maximum of 12 months .

He added that the neighbouring traders’ objections would be taken into account when a decision is reached on Mr Baseer’s application.