Schools in ice cream van row

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TEACHERS at two Sheffield schools are trying to ban an ice cream van from trading outside their school gates, after a child was knocked down by a bus.

For 40 years Chris’s Ices has parked near the entrances to King Edward VII lower school and Tapton School on Darwin Lane, Crosspool.

Trader Chris Turner says he has never had any problems and parked the van only where allowed by Sheffield Council.

But teachers claim the van is a ‘magnet’ for pupils, drawing them onto a busy road. The schools, supported by police, are trying to block Mr Turner from renewing his street trading licence.

In submissions to the council’s licensing board, which meets to discuss the case tomorrow, staff tell of an incident in January when a child was hit by a bus after crossing behind the van.

Tapton School headteacher David Bowes said: “One of our students was knocked down by a bus whilst he was trying to cross Darwin Lane.

“The ice cream van, which was parked there, obscured his view and he walked out from behind it into the path of a bus.”

Rob Whittingham, deputy head at King Edward’s, also urged councillors to refuse the application. He said teachers had long-standing deep concerns about Chris’s Ices parking on Darwin Lane.

Mr Turner, aged 57, of Robertson Road, Walkley, told The Star: “There was an accident but I don’t think it was anything to do with us.

“It is a real shame that this has happened. I’ve been trading on that site since May 1971. The schools have never spoken to me about their concerns.”

PC Jonathan Meek said officers had initially thought the pupil’s injuries were ‘life-threatening’, but the child has since recovered.