This is why you must pay your council tax, folks:
Despite good weather, it has been a bad week for Sussex’s ice cream sellers.
One trader has been warned he could face eviction unless he stops serving cones with a flake while another has been banned from playing his jingle.
OK, yes, the jingles can be annoying, but…what is the issue with flakes?
Alex Mills, 23, has operated milkshake bar Shake and Bake on Bognor promenade for three years, but has been told flakes, sprinkles and sauce breaches the terms of his lease.
Licensing bosses from Arun District Council have said out of fairness to other outlets on the seafront, he should not be selling traditional 99 ice cream cones with a flake.
Because, presumably, they do hold a full council-granted Flake Supply License and don’t want competition?
I mean, if not for the council regulating this important issue, why, you could walk into just any ice-cream sellers and get served an ice cream with a flake in it. It’d be anarchy!
“The crazy thing is I can sell them separately but not together.”
Well, maybe that’s your answer? Sell them in little ‘Emergency Flake’ kits, and tell your customers they are sticking it to the man by indulging in a spot of DIY..
A spokesman for Arun District Council said: “We like to have a balance of concessions along Bognor Regis seafront and Mr Mills freely entered into a lease with the council last year to operate his milkshake concession.
“He personally negotiated and agreed the terms of the lease. The council has not varied the terms of his lease since it was agreed.
“The council has been in lengthy discussions with Mr Mills on a variety of other lease issues over many months.”
Maybe he wouldn’t be such a pain in the proverbial if you’d just learn a little common sense?