Green light for ‘nauseating’ burger van

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:25 12 November 2015




A SNACK van in the Mendip Hills has been granted a licence to continue trading, despite major opposition from locals.

The plans to turn the caravan in Burrington Combe into a fixed food vendor were met with strong objections from villagers and parish councillors.

But on Tuesday, North Somerset Council granted permission, with amendments to trading hours and an assurance that the van be removed at night time.

Residents, parish councillor and Mendip Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) Society had all protested that the van would generate unwanted smell, noise and traffic, describing the smell as ‘nauseating’.

Andrew Lane, who owns Burrington Self Storage and daughter Sophia, applied for a licence to continue trading at the current site in the village.

Mary Bennington, who lives in Burrington, said: “The snack van creates a lot of noise in the combe. The motorists and lorry drivers, who know the owners, hoot their horns several times as they pass.

“The counter assistant has a very loud voice and uses her phone on speaker so both sides of her conversation can clearly be heard. Customers slam their car doors and shout their orders when they arrive and depart.

“Burrington Combe is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a site of special scientific interest. A noisy, smelly snack van does nothing to enhance this.”

With restaurant and pub the Burrington Inn and The Rock café nearby, it was argued the van was an unnecessary addition. But the council deemed it acceptable.

Burrington Parish Council, in a letter to North Somerset, said: “We would like to reiterate that we completely agree with the comments and we feel strongly that the presence of a burger van will do nothing to enhance this beautiful area.”

Mendip Hills ANOB Society added: “The landscape is highly valued for its undeveloped, dramatic, natural scenery and wild character. Considerable effort has been put into ensuring any changes do not erode the character of the landscape.”

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