North East Wales

Ice cream van ban at Denbighshire schools may be formalised

Ice cream van

Councillors are considering formalising a ban which stops ice cream and burger vans selling within 100 metres of schools.

Denbighshire Council will discuss the rules in a new Street Trading Policy on Wednesday.

Under the policy, mobile food food sellers on streets and beaches will have to move on from spots every 20 minutes or risk losing their licence.

The Ice Cream Alliance said the rules were "a nonsense".

A spokesman for the alliance, which represents more than 600 businesses in the UK, said: "Members of the public will get quite upset about it when it is a hot day and there is a big queue, they could be waiting and the time will run out and the van will have to move on.

"At the end of the day ice cream sellers are providing a service to the public, it is a service they are paying to provide, and then they are being thwarted in trying to make a living."

A document before the council says the policy - which formalises rules applying to traders on roads, footways and beaches - aims to prevent the obstruction of streets.

Under the rules all ice cream, hot food and sandwich vans will have to move at least 50 metres every 20 minutes, and are unable to return to the same spot for four hours.

Food vans will also barred from outside schools and colleges between 07:30 GMT and 18:00, but will be allowed with expressed permission from the school.

People who break the rules can have their licence suspended or revoked, and may face prosecution.

Denbighshire council said the authority currently had a process in place to monitor street trading, but this would formalise the arrangements into a policy.

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