Marina residents to voice anger at trailer plan
By thepickler | Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 17:04
RESIDENTS at Portishead marina have launched a campaign to stop an ice cream and drinks trailer being put on the dockside.
People living at Port Marine say they are angry that developer Crest Nicholson has given the go ahead for trailer to be placed on the piazza area opposite the lock gates.
The trailer would operate from 11am to 7pm, seven days a week.
A final decision on whether the van and trailer, which will be powered by a generator, can set up at the marina lies in the hands of North Somerset Council licensing committee which meets later this month.
Residents have already launched a petition against the move and put up posters around the marina urging people to write to the council objecting to the plans.
They say they are concerned that the van will cause more litter in the area and that the noise from the generator will disturb homeowners.
The marina is already well served by hot food and drink outlets with The Galley cafe near the lock gates, The Lockhouse restaurant, the Ocean Cafein the boatyard and Me Me Chocolat and Jacks on the waterfront.
Residents are due to voice their concerns on the proposal at a meeting of Portishead Town Council on Wednesday night (March 10).
June Williams, 70, of Lockside, said: "We already have outlets that sell ice creams and drinks, so why would be want another one?
"The litter bins have been removed after a disagreement about who empties them and rubbish is already a problem in the area and will only get worse if this is allowed.
"I am also concerned that the noise from the generator will also affect properties, some of which are only a few feet away.
"Parking in the area is already a nightmare for many existing residents and visitors and it is not difficult to imagine the additional problems this venture could cause."
Margaret and Norman Bennett, who moved to Port Marine five years ago, are also concerned about the plan.
Mrs Bennett, 66, said: "There are no public toilets on the marina and the nearest ones are at Wyndham Way.
"We are also concerned about the extra litter this ice cream van could cause because there are no bins in the area."
Jenny Williams, who has been running the Galley Cafe for the last six years, said the ice cream trailer would impact on her business.
Mrs Williams, a pensioner, said: "This van will only be a few metres away from my snack bar.
"There are plenty of food and drink outlets on the marina and I cannot see the benefit in having another one.
"It will not be selling anything different than I do and the first I heard about it was when the local residents told me.
"The bulk of my customers live locally and have all said they are very concerned about this proposal."
It is understood that an ice cream vendor set up on the site last year but was moved on after complaints from local residents.
Objections to the proposal need to be submitted to North Somerset Council by March 12.
A Crest Nicholson spokesman said: "Crest Nicholson has given permission for a drinks and ice-cream vendor to be sited at the Port Marine development.
"This facility will serve the high numbers of visitors to the area and will be situated at the end of the Marina, at a distance from other bars and cafes in the area.
"The vendor already runs successful units across Bristol and this facility will bring additional employment opportunities to the area."