Worcester Park businessman says licensing rules are costing him dearly
A fruiterer has claimed that council licensing rules are costing him £500 a weekend.
Ross Nelson, owner of Ross's Fruiterer's on Central Road said Sutton Council has forced him to reduce the size of his display.
Since the council granted a temporary street licence in January, which restricts his display from 1.5 metres outside his shop, to 1 metre, Mr Nelson said he is losing "a fortune".
He said: "I might have to cut staff because of this, I'm losing so much money. The council is attacking the local independent businesses I don't know why. We have been here forever and are a key part of the community, but the council don't make us feel like that."
A council spokesman said: "We are always happy to discuss any concerns traders may have and Mr Nelson is welcome to contact us.
However, licences are granted under certain conditions, which are designed to maintain the safety of pedestrians and to allow access for wheelchairs and buggies, and it is our duty to ensure that those conditions are not broken."