HUNGRY and thirsty tourists at beauty hot spots such as Milford Lock, Borris Viaduct, St Mullins and the Nine Stones at Mount Leinster may soon be able to buy that much-needed cuppa or a bite to eat after local councillors unanimously passed by-laws that will regulate casual food traders in those areas.

Carlow County Council has drawn up a comprehensive list of rules and regulations in relation to casual trading, ahead of issuing licences for traders in specific locations dotted around the county. Four licences will be issued in the Bagenalstown Municipal District area, one for each of the above tourist hot spots.

The by-laws set out the procedures for licensing the casual trading permits, including guidelines on litter management, food hygiene, insurance, fees, penalties and other matters.

The draft laws were put on public display and were open for submissions from the public.

The by-laws deal only with traders on council-owned lands, he also said, pointing out that traders on private land were dealt with by the planning department.