A ROW has erupted between an ice-cream seller and Stafford Borough Council.
Kevin Simcock, who runs Tony’s Ices, says the authority has threatened him with court action unless he pays back the £2,000 he owes for trading in Victoria Park. He claims it is
unfair as he could not operate during the months for which he owes rent.
But Stafford Borough Council says he was given a chance to re-open but he chose not to.
Mr Simcock runs the kiosk near the bowling green but last year was also given the contract to open up a kiosk near the play area, operating from a trailer.
But in September last year he was told he had to anchor the trailer down. He submitted a planning application and was unable to open while it was in progress.
He shut the kiosk at the end of September and did not operate in October. The kiosk was closed in November, December and January anyway as the lease did not include those months.
The application was refused in December, which meant Mr Simcock could not operate in February and March.
He gave up the lease in March when the lease came to an end.
He said: “I don’t see why I should have to pay rent for the months I couldn’t operate.”
A Stafford Borough Council spokesman said Mr Simcock was offered council facilities so he could operate.