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Bognor mayor brands ice cream flake ban as ‘ludicrous’
5:30pm Monday 12th August 2013 in News
Despite good weather, it has been a bad week for Sussex’s ice cream sellers.
One trader has been warned he could face eviction unless he stops serving cones with a flake while another has been banned from playing his jingle.
Alex Mills, 23, has operated milkshake bar Shake and Bake on Bognor promenade for three years, but has been told flakes, sprinkles and sauce breaches the terms of his lease.
Licensing bosses from Arun District Council have said out of fairness to other outlets on the seafront, he should not be selling traditional 99 ice cream cones with a flake.
Mr Mills said: “It just seems like one big joke to me and I’ll fight it all the way.
“Apparently in my lease it says I can sell ice cream but I can’t sell it with any additives, such as flakes, sauce or sprinkles.
“The crazy thing is I can sell them separately but not together.”
Town mayor Paul Wells branded the ban “ludicrous”.
A spokesman for Arun District Council said: “We like to have a balance of concessions along Bognor Regis seafront and Mr Mills freely entered into a lease with the council last year to operate his milkshake concession.
“He personally negotiated and agreed the terms of the lease. The council has not varied the terms of his lease since it was agreed.
“The council has been in lengthy discussions with Mr Mills on a variety of other lease issues over many months.”
Meanwhile killjoy residents living in Tilgate, Crawley, complained to the local council after allegations an ice cream man’s chimes were disturbing them.
The incident sparked fury on a Facebook page dedicated to the area.
One person said: “Are we that grumpy as a town now?
“To those that worry their viewing pleasure of Emmerdale is interrupted, to those I say, ‘get some clothes on, get outside and get a life’.
“Lighten up and whilst you do, I recommend the double cone with flake and chocolate sauce. Be a kid again.”
Rowena Drewe from Tilgate said: “Half the time my kids are asleep already or there just about to go sleep.
“They shout, ‘ice cream van’ and I say, ‘it’s bedtime’.
“I don’t mind the music. I just wish he would come earlier, then I would be able to treat the kids.”
ACrawley Borough Council spokeswoman said: “The council received complaints from residents with young children who are struggling to settle them to bed at night.
“We have a statutory requirement to investigate all noise complaints and an environmental health officer visited Tilgate at around 7pm on Tuesday.
“As the ice cream man used his chime after 7pm the officer reminded him of the national legislation which prevents ice cream van chimes being played after this time.”
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