School objects to ice cream van bid

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AN ICE cream seller is applying for permission to trade outside a Sheffield school - but the application has been met with ‘strong’ objections from the headteacher for road safety reasons and because it ‘does not fit in’ with her healthy eating policy.

Peter Devoti’s bid for a street trading permit to site his van on Siemens Close, Tinsley, near Tinsley Nursery Infant School school, is to be considered by members of Sheffield Council’s licensing board at a meeting on Thursday.

It is the second time the businessman has asked for permission to have a fixed site on the street.

He was refused permission in 2008 also following objections from the school.

He currently trades there on a mobile basis.

Headteacher, Karen Wilson, said: “The school’s view has not changed since 2008.

“Safety and wellbeing of our children are our main concerns.

“The ice cream van creates a dangerous obstruction to pedestrians and other road users when parked on Siemens Close and on Bawtry Road, close to the pelican crossing that our children and parents use.

She added: “Traffic at the beginning and end of the day is very busy.

“The ice cream van blocks the view of drivers and pedestrians trying to cross and the driver ignores reasonable requests from school staff to park more considerately.”

Mrs Wilson said the school has had to ask Police Community Support Officers for help moving the van on.

She added: “Tinsley Nursery Infant School has recently achieved healthy school status. We work hard with parents to tackle childhood obesity and poor dental health.

“Ice cream does not sit well with our healthy eating policy.”