Strawberry sellers not entitled to roadside signage

ROADSIDE strawberry sellers are not entitled to erect signage along the carriageway.

ROADSIDE strawberry sellers are not entitled to erect signage along the carriageway.

The issue was raised by Tullamore Town Cllr Tony McCormack at the July meeting of Tullamore Town Council. He said a lot of businesses in the town had to take down similar signage and he would have a concern about this signage in terms of health and safety.

Cllr McCormack said the venders were also selling potatoes, juices and jams and asked what were they entitled to sell.

Town Clerk Ruth McNally told members that in 2004 Mary Harney deemed these vendors exempt from the Casual Trading Act 1999, whereby they would need a licence.

The fruits and vegetables covered by the exemption are-strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, blackberries, loganberries, tayberries and currants and potatoes having loose skins and which have been harvested prior to maturity. The period of the exemption is from May 1 to September 30 and is restricted to growers their agents or servants.

Ms McNally said they were not however exempt when it came to signage. She also said they were not authorised to sell from cabooses. She said she would ask Offaly County Council to act countywide in relation to this.

She also said jams and juices were not included on the list of exempted items.

Also, she told members, a trader who was operating in the town centre had been dealt with.