Sheffield firm frozen out on ice cream van

Rosita Hunt pictured in Millhouses Park, Sheffield, with her Granelli's ice cream van.

Rosita Hunt pictured in Millhouses Park, Sheffield, with her Granelli's ice cream van.

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Plans for one of the city’s oldest firms to sell from an ice cream van look set to be blocked by red tape.

Sheffield Council’s licensing board has advised its committee to turn down an application for 138-year-old Granelli’s to trade from a vehicle at Devonshire Green in the city centre.

Owner Rosita Hunt, granddaughter of the business’ founder Luigi Granelli, has asked for a street trading licence for an ice cream van to be stationed at the site.

But council officers say an ice cream van would not meet the qualitative criteria - designed to make Sheffield centre ‘a more attractive and vibrant place’ - because it is motorised.

David Gill, operations manager for the city centre, said: “We have a similar concession in the Peace Gardens and feel we should be insisting on the same standard of provision - a high quality purpose-built trailer unit.

“We would need to be able to take back the site for events and markets throughout the year.”

Despite objections that other vans spend long periods stationed at the site in summer months, the council has insisted no vehicle is licensed to be stationed there.

Sheffield Council’s latest stance against the humble ice cream van comes just months after it made a U-turn following strong opposition to plans to put a blanket ban on ice cream vans over five years old - supposedly to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

The planning committee will make a decision at Sheffield Town Hall on Tuesday.

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