Arundel mobile drinks vehicle opposed by businesses


Businesses and councillors have strongly opposed plans to serve hot drinks from a mobile vehicle in Arundel.

Arun District Council’s licensing committee will determine an application lodged by Sarah Knott tomorrow morning (Friday, May 13), for the facility in Mill Road.

Arundel Chamber of Commerce unanimously voted to oppose the application at its monthly meeting, while ward councillors Paul Dendle and Robert Wheal have lodged objections.

Chamber chairman Ian Fenwick said: “Arundel Chamber of Commerce wish to totally oppose this application in the strongest way possible.

“There are many tea and coffee shops in the town struggling for survival. They pay rates etc and do not need further competition.

“As a town we do all possible to attract visitors to all shops in the town and do not want potential customers drawn away in Mill Road.”

The application calls for street trading consent, for drinks only, between Monday and Sunday from 7.30am to 6pm.

Mr Dendle and Mr Wheal, joined in their objection by county councillor Nigel Peters, argue the application is contrary to the town’s neighbourhood plan.

“The neighbourhood plan revealed that most residents didn’t want more facilities to buy coffee or tea,” Mr Dendle said.

“There are over 40 sites where you can do that in a town of 3,000.”

The committee will determine the application at the civic centre, in Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, from 9.30am.

Both sides will be given the chance to speak.