Monday 4 September 2017 10.13am
For anyone 'out there' wanting to make progress on this, it's probably worth noting that if it's happening on the bridge — and or the final part of the bridge approach north and south — it's actually a "City" problem
The relevant contact at the City of London Corporation is Assistant Director (Environment — Licensing) Steve Blake. But he's a busy man who's got 'bigger peanuts to fry' and barely peanuts in the police budget for this kind of enforcement until The City's Police Committee
(elected Members) determine otherwise. [ http://democracy.cityoflondon.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=142
Committee member Ian Luder ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
...is the Alderman of a riverside ward — Castle Baynard — so knows the same issue around Millennium Bridge
and St Paul's.
It's also worth copying any correspondence to the Committee Chair:
Douglas Barrow ( email@example.com )
Meanwhile — for a soonest response and action — a logged complaint to the Licensing–Street Trading team
at Walbrook Wharf on Upper Thames Street (CoL Environment Department — also the place to take any noise complaints too)
"​Some traders operate illegally in the borough. If you want to report illegal street trading please contact the licensing team by phone on 020 7332 3406 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org " https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/business/licensing/Pages/street-trading.aspx
Additional weight may be given to any written or verbal complaint that includes a specific request for the City to evoke the powers afforded to them by the City of London (Various Powers) Act 2013
[ i.e. the 1987 Act as amended… ]
" […] (d)at the appropriate places, insert the following definitions—
““ice cream trading” means the selling, exposing or offering for sale of items consisting wholly or mainly of ice cream, frozen confectionery or other ] commodities; […]"
No license, no leniency...
I actually used this new-ish 'Mr Whippy' legislation, and the circumstances that had prompted two years of lobbying by the City that brought it into being, to request a 'zero maximum' for Sexual Entertainment Venues in the Square Mile :-) Successfully — so please know that policy and a polite, point-by-point request for action (repeated as necessary) does sometimes work!