LATE night hot dog vendor Brian Judd has applied for an exemption to Albury Council’s recently ticked-off street activities policy.
His application for an exemption on employing a security guard will be debated by the council’s planning and development committee on Monday night.
If successful, other late night traders could follow his lead.
The updated policy was agreed to by council in April and required all late night food outlets to install security cameras and employ security guards.
Juddy Dogs on the post office corner of Dean and Kiewa streets is an iconic part of Albury’s late night entertainment strip.
Mr Judd has made a formal request for exemption and council staff have recommended his application be supported.
He also has some high level backing.
Mr Judd has contacted local licensing and community safety police officers, Sgts Mick Strachan and Emma Musgrave, who have indicated they have no objections to the council granting the exemption.
The officers believe patrons attending the hot dog van don’t tend to congregate in the immediate area and therefore restrict pedestrian movement which can increase potential for anti-social behaviour.
The post office corner is also subject to mobile security patrols and can be seen by security officers for pubs such as the Zed Bar.
Mr Judd said if he had to employ a security guard it would cost much more and eventually force him to shut.
City compliance team leader John Mulvey tells the committee Mr Judd’s case was unique.
“It is not considered necessary or appropriate to seek additional public comment or involvement,” he said.
“Separate and additional comment has been sought from and received from NSW police in Albury.”
Cr Graham Docksey chairs the council committee.