Published: November 14, 2008
Sparks fly after illegal food traders 'stole trade' at fireworks
food sellers in Burnham-On-Sea were left out of pocket when unlicensed
fast food vans pitched up along roadsides in the town just minutes
before the start of last Sunday's fireworks display.
crowds flocked to the town to watch the spectacular fireworks
display, but several food traders who stayed open late to
serve hot food were disappointed by the poor levels of trade.
were angry to learn later that four unlicensed burger vans had
arrived in the town and located themselves in high-profile spots
around the town.
Parkin from Burnham Pavilion told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's
very frustrating that this happened when we pay business rates
and put money into the town all year round."
should have been a very busy night for us, but by the time I'd
paid my four staff we'd made no profit on the evening. I'm convinced
the unlicensed food traders were to blame."
Clerk Eileen Shaw confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We did
have several reports of unlicensed food sellers operating along
the seafront and Marine Drive."
"I have been in touch with the licensing department at Sedgemoor
District Council and the carnival commitee to confirm that no
licences were granted for the Sunday night, only the day of the
we were not able to take immediate action on Sunday night without
fully checking the licensing situation, but we will not hesitate
to move them on if they turn up again next year."
Turco, Chairman of Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade, added: "As
far as the Chamber is aware, no licences for street vendors were
issued for Sunday's fireworks."
"Many of the town's businesses contributed financially to
the display and it is unacceptable to the Chamber for illegal
operations to take money out of the town when they have not put
He stressed that licensed street trading on carnival day itself
was a different matter - and the Chamber did not have any issue
crowds lined Burnham seafront on Sunday night for the 24-minute
fireworks spectacular, which Burnham-On-Sea.com first featured