A not-for-profit market stall outside high profile indie Andrew Thornton’s Crouch End Budgens store has been closed by overzealous council officers.
Inspectors from Haringey council ordered Stall4All, which had been rented out to local residents and charities, to shut down immediately following a site inspection on 7 June, because it did not have a trading licence.
Officers then told the stall’s co-ordinator Ana Remígio the store could not apply for a licence because it was not a designated trading area.
Council leader Claire Kober has since intervened and said Thornton’s store was given incorrect information and could in fact apply for a temporary licence and then a permanent one for the stall.
Stall4All was set up a year ago to allow local residents to sell handicrafts and for small food suppliers to showcase their products. It costs £20 to £30 a day to rent, with the rental income going to the store’s Pennies for Plastic charity, to be distributed to local causes.
In the two weeks that the stall has been closed, cancelled bookings have resulted in the loss of £175 for the charity.