The Regulation of Space: Street Trading and ‘Peds’ – 4 May 2016

The Regulation of Space: Street Trading and ‘Peds’ – 4 May 2016

Type Lectures & Talks
Starts at May 04, 2016 02:00 PM
Ends at May 04, 2016 04:00 PM
Venue Jan Grodecki Room, Law, Fielding Johnson Building
Open To University staff and students

Within England and Wales, the regulation of street trading has historically utilised a licensing regime to control trading in public streets (defined as areas to which the public have access, without payment). Comments on, and criticisms of, this regime have usually focused upon the economic and social nature of the activity; street trading as an entrepreneurial activity (and one that may, or may not, harm established retail premises) and the importance of public space in the construction of social life. The courts, however, in interpreting these provisions, largely adopt an approach that seeks to avoid obstructions in the highway. Flows and movement, therefore, dominate the way in which space is to be conceived, rather than sociability and economic activity. Following Blomley (Rights of Passage: Sidewalks and the Regulation of Public Flow, Routledge, 2011) public space is regulated so as promote and protect pedestrianism, ‘peds’ (pedestrians) and flow. Suggested reforms of the street trading regime need to engage with this rather mundane (and therefore ignored) but deep-seated emphasis upon pedestrianism.

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