“The benefits and disbenefits of a formal concession to permit the sale of Ice Creams and snacks by an operator at the Ham for 2024, to be investigated by the Tourism and Economy Committee.” [town council minutes]
On Monday, the town council’s Trustees considered an application for selling refreshments on the Ham: Application for ice-cream van on the Ham – Vision Group for Sidmouth
As well as the VGS, the Chamber of Commerce and residents had sent in comments voicing concerns; interestingly, there were no submissions in favour of the business setting itself up on the Ham; there was, however, a huge volume of support expressed on social media, where the VGS shared its news report on the subject on Monday: (20+) Sidmouth Community | Should there be an ice-cream van on the Ham over the summer | Facebook
The minutes of the Trustees’ meeting have now been published:
Request to sell ice-creams and snacks at The Ham
At the May Trustee meeting, Members considered an outline request to sell icecreams and snacks at The Ham. The item was deferred to enable the completion of an Application Form in order to obtain additional information that would be required to enable Members to consider the request.
Four letters of objection had been received from the Chamber of Commerce, Vision Group for Sidmouth and two neighbouring residents.
1) the benefits and disbenefits of a formal concession to permit the sale of Ice Creams and snacks by an operator at the Ham for 2024, be investigated by the Tourism and Economy Committee.
2) the application for 2023 from Vanillibean be refused.
3) the Deed of Grant for the Ham did not prevent commercial operation taking place at the Ham