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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Council Officer Beaumont seems to have lost count of Peterborough street food vendors...



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FROM TWITTER


This is what I'm up against in trying to bring quality healthy street food to Peterborough PLS RT

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Couldn't really work out if someone was having a laugh, a healthy street food stall in the kibbled onion flavoured public realm of Peterborough?  As we investigated the tweet for our Christmas Crackers series, it seems that Chris Jones is however really serious, has a passion for what he calls 'Artisan foods' and has been put through the PCC mincer and given a good griddle.

This is how local resident Chris Jones recounts the tale so far: "You wouldn’t believe the outdated, backward, thinking self serving Herberts that work in the City Centre Management Office at Peterborough City Council.  The City Centre Manager hadn’t heard of street food and said “is it just sausages and burgers?” Err no Mr Beaumont it isn’t.

Its a whole movement of Quality Artisan Food Providers having great fun and serving great food – unless you live in Peterborough, clearly !

Mr Beaumont informed me that there wasn’t any room for any more traders in the city centre as we have 2 Hot Dog Vans- but oh HANG ON- as one pitch is only used part time I could perhaps have his “off days".   YES, the left over days from an [allegedly] lazy cherry picking 3 day a week hot dog van man, just what I had in mind as a business enterprise !! Joker !

And what if I turn it round and make the site work – he’ll want it back want it back full time again won’t he ?  Surely if I’m prepared to put in 7 days and he only want 3 they should chuck him off. END OF .

How is that benefiting Peterborough City Centre then ?

NO WAIT a minute- why are we arguing over 1 little spot in the whole of a city centre – surely there’s enough for everyone. I don’t want to take a mans business away , he’s got his customers, I want my business and my own customers, in my own spot.

Strange though that a Continental Market with traders from abroad can be found accommodation at will But not a local chap with a great product that the public want.
Mr Beaumont did say that I could look at the Peterborough Market – err nope but thanks, what a depressing dumping ground that is !!

Not a welcoming meeting, not a word of guidance or encouragement, not a helping hand.  Appalling. The battle has begun….

Our advice is to forget the City Centre for his mobile venture, and consider attending the  thousands of county fairs, festivals, beer festivals, music festivals and regional shows. Some 8,000 events are held every year. More than enough to get his venture going...


PBROTRIB COMMENT   Our position on hot dog vendors and mobile caterers in the multi million pound City Centre and elsewhere is well known, but alternative views are also to be considered, try clicking this link. they not having access to mains drainage and services, blight the city centre, are unhealthy, and should be removed.

They are a slap in the face for commercial rent and City business rate payers who have properly invested in retail units, and set up food shops, restaurants cafes and takeaways. 

Alarmingly this fabled Mr Beaumont doesn't seem to know how many mobile traders we have in the City centre. It's 3 not 2. Mr Beaumont has omitted to include the Baked Potato stall. Clearly his Christmas Celebrations have started early.

Walking through the £20 million redeveloped Cathedral Square, the acrid smell of kibbled onions hits the visitor and potential business investor.

The newish expensive porus stone pavers are discoloured, with spores of grease, spilled tomato ketchup (mainly from McDonalds sachets) a colourful artistic feature of the permanent Cathedral Square brutalist style seating and square stone blocks. Tipped over coffee and tea containers, together with discarded cigarette butts and spat out chewing gum complete the scenario. (Does no one care any more?).

The Cathedral Square permanent seating and stone rectangular blocks seemingly based on a design concept lifted from Benito Mussolinis Esposizione Universale di Roma, EUR.  Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini had a passion for large building projects, and in 1935, he envisioned a whole new modern city centre.  This expansion of Rome was meant to rival the old city centre, built by the Roman Emperors and Popes. 

The EUR area, was meant to become the monumental gateway ( a golden route ) to this new city. It was built on the occasion of the World Exhibition of 1942, which coincided with the twentieth year of the regime of dictator Benito Mussolini, who also created the Star of Italy Decoration, a derivation of which is held by Council Leader Cllr Marco Cereste, originally for services for the reconstruction of Italy... The exposition was eventually cancelled because of the second world war. For years the area was completely abandoned.

The project was planned by architect Marcello Piacentini. Construction started in 1938 and over a span of just three years, whole city blocks with monumental marble palaces rose from the ground, complete with statues and colonnades.

Vivacity tell us that we too like Mussolinis Rome, will have statues on a golden route into the City Centre ....

 

Piazzale Adenauer Konrad, EUR, Rome
 
Piazzale Adenauer Konrad.

Note the none working fountains, and the trees lining the boulevard (autostrada) beyond....
 
Back to Peterborough:  We've also noticed the Cathedral Square Burger van has in fact extended its effective tabled seating area .....  to almost half the width of the fabled square.... but when do they steam deep clean the van and scrub the ground beneath the tables and chairs? We've not seen it....

The scruffy '3 day a week' badly decorated hot dog stand (outside the magistrates court) is a visual joke and should certainly be removed. How on earth can a mobile food vendor that is permanently on station ie not moved, but only used 3 days a week, be given a deep steam clean at the start of each trading period?   Simply it isn't.

Food inspectors, are clearly not doing their job properly and councillors need to keep constantly on top of this. Just one nasty outbreak of Campylobacter a bacterium that causes acute diarrhoea should do the trick. Transmission usually occurs through ingestion of contaminated food, water or unpasteurised milk, or through contact with infected infants, pets or other animals. According to Public Health England, Campylobacter is the most commonly reported cause of food poisoning in England and Wales. Merry Christmas!  

For an alternative take on this, can we suggest you click this link, nothing like bein g democratic and it is Christmas after all! 
http://blog.jofftastic.co.uk/2013/12/peterborough-city-council-say-no-to-street-food/
 

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