ONE of Sheffield’s oldest businesses has been stopped from trading in a city park because of new government rules.
Granelli’s ice cream, which has been selling ice creams to children at Millhouses Park for more than 80 years, has lost the right to trade outside the park gates on Abbeydale Road South.
The company, established in 1874 by Luigi Granelli, had been ordered to apply to the council for the tender, for the first time since he started trading there.
The process is part of new procurement rules that say Sheffield Council has to offer park concessions out to tender every few years.
Luigi’s granddaughter Rosita Hunt, who runs the business with her son, has now been told her application has failed and that she will have to stop trading at the park.
She said: “We are very, very upset. Not only does this decision make things very difficult for us from a business point of view, but historically we have been established there such a long time.
“We trade there all-year round and it looks like we will have to lay off two ladies who run the van for us at the park.
“We’re looking for other pitches but everything is pretty much covered and I genuinely don’t have much hope of anything else coming up.”
Kathleen Luksys, who has been selling ice cream from the Granelli’s van for 30 years and Joanne Grimley, who has been there for 25, are now facing redundancy.
Granelli’s has also lost the right to trade at Hillsborough Park but has won a pitch at Graves Park.
Rival ice cream firm Woodhouse-based KP Devoti has won the tender for Millhouses and Hillsborough.
Paul Billington, Sheffield Council’s director of culture and environment, said: “The council has been through a fair and open tendering process to allocate the concessions in our local parks.
“This process is in line with current legislation and is applicable to all local authorities, nationwide.
“The concessions are important because they provide a valuable service to parks users, but also the fees paid to the council by the operators are an important source of income to help run and maintain the city’s parks.”