Pizza van application sees deputy mayor warn Exmouth’s pubs and shops could close down

PUBLISHED: 10:05 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:06 13 April 2018

Exmouth's Deputy Mayor Jeff Trail has been awarded the BEM in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Ref exe 24-16SH 8477. Picture: Simon Horn.

Exmouth's Deputy Mayor Jeff Trail has been awarded the BEM in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Ref exe 24-16SH 8477. Picture: Simon Horn.

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An application for a pizza van to operate in Exmouth has seen the deputy mayor warn that most of the town’s pubs and shops could shut - with only street traders remaining.

Town councillors opposed a proposal to site the mobile food outlet in the Imperial Road car park every Thursday night, saying it would be ‘harmful to the economic viability of the town’.

Planning committee members were asked for their opinions on a number of street trading applications which have been submitted under new district authority rules requiring traders to get consent before setting up their businesses.

Deputy mayor Councillor Jeff Trail warned that such applications could be a ‘sign of things to come’ and that the town needed to protect its business rate payers.

“Exmouth could end with most of the shops and pubs closing down and just having street traders,” said Cllr Trail.

“If that’s not taking away business from independent traders, I don’t know what is.

“I wouldn’t like to promote this at all – I think its wrong for the town.”

Councillors also objected to a similar application for a pizza van at the top of Bradham Lane, fearing it would block access to sheltered accommodation and create traffic problems in an already busy area.

Committee chairman Cllr Lynne Elson said: “It appears from the site plan that they’re actually going to put this in front of the sheltered accommodation which is for very vulnerable people.”

The committee also opposed to a plan to site a fish hut near to the newly-installed Orcombe Point café.

Cllr Tony Hill called it ‘a step too far’, adding: “I think the difficulty with this is we’re going through a fairly lengthy process to appoint a trader for Orcombe Point and the worst thing we could possibly do is appoint a temporary licence for someone else in competition.”

Councillors supported applications relating to a Morris Minor Owners Club event at the Imperial Recreation Ground in August and Steve Gazzard’s transplant awareness event in The Strand in July.

East Devon District Council will make the final decision on the applications.

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