Ice cream trader wins schools row

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AN ICE cream van is to continue trading outside two Sheffield schools after a bid by teachers to ban it from their gates was thrown out by councillors.

Christopher Turner has been selling ice cream to pupils of King Edward VII lower school and Tapton School in Crosspool for 40 years.

But the schools, backed by South Yorkshire Police, wanted to bring that to an end because of safety fears.

Staff from both schools wrote to the council to block the renewal of Chris’s Ices street trading licence, after a child was hit by a bus on Darwin Lane. Tapton School head David Bowes told Sheffield Council’s licensing board the van was a ‘magnet’ for pupils and blocked the view of children trying to get across the road.

He said a child was knocked down in January when he stepped into the road from behind the Chris’s Ices van.

But councillors rejected the schools’ objections at a town hall meeting, renewing Mr Turner’s licence for another year on the condition he move slightly along the road.

Mr Turner told The Star: “This is good news for everyone. I’m very happy with it.”