Pop-up shop nixed

Kens­ing­ton work­ing on new ven­dors’ li­cens­ing by­law

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

Kens­ing­ton coun­cil has de­nied an ap­pli­ca­tion from a res­i­dent seek­ing to set up a photo dis­play stand on the train sta­tion prop­erty.

Peter Richards was look­ing to open a kiosk where he would dis­play and sell framed photos, Sun­day through Fri­days, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. un­til Labour Day.

At this week’s coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil unan­i­mously voted down the re­quest.

The rea­son, said town man­ager Ge­off Baker, wasn’t to do with the busi­ness it­self, but the fact that the town is in the process of draft­ing a ven­dors’ li­cens­ing by­law.

“Coun­cil didn’t feel it was ap­pro­pri­ate to al­low some­thing like that un­til the pol­icy is de­vel­oped,” said Baker.

“The area that was pro­posed was the area in front of the town clock. That space is used pe­ri­od­i­cally, right now, for fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for dif­fer­ent groups.

“They didn’t feel it was an ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tion for it at this point.”

Draft­ing the new by­law was nec­es­sary due to the vol­ume of re­quests from out­side ven­dors and no clear pol­icy on how to deal with the re­quests.

Coun­cil is go­ing to of­fer Richards an al­ter­na­tive space for his pop-up shop.

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