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Have your say! Burger van to trade 7-days a week in Market Place?

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AN application for a burger van to be situated in the Market Place has been submitted to Wiltshire Council. 

The street trading licence application is for a 12ft catering trailer, that will be located in the Market Place area outside the Town Hall, trading seven days a week, between the hours of 12pm to 11pm.

Consultation on the application ends tomorrow, Wednesday 25th November, and anyone wishing to comment on the application should email: streettrading@wiltshire.gov.uk

Melksham Town Council has objected to the plans, expressing their concerns about the location of the trailer; increase in litter; its impact on other similar businesses in the town; and a possible rise in public disorder.

27 Responses to Have your say! Burger van to trade 7-days a week in Market Place?

  1. Jess

    November 24, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    No I think its unfair on other businesses to have a burger van there are lots of establishments offering this. A trailer is an eye sore for the town. After a standard Saturday night their is litter everywhere.

  2. Melksham Resident

    November 24, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Agreed, it’s asking for trouble.

  3. Scott

    November 24, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    No chance support the people that are already here this is some thing the town does not need

  4. Victoria

    November 24, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    No please don’t us small businesses in melksham are struggling already without another food take away

  5. Graham

    November 24, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    With plenty of other similar businesses having to pay rent/rates etc, it seems a tad unfair.
    It’ll be a blight on the landscape too, with all the lovely lights on the town hall.

  6. Steve P

    November 24, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    We really don’t need anymore fast food outlets. The ones we have five plenty of choice, and we don’t need anymore, especially a ‘mobile’ one sitting in a nice location.
    The litter, public order issues will only increase, it’s harder for a mobile vendor to comply with social distancing and it may take away custom from our existing premises.

  7. Chris Harvey

    November 24, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    We already have food outlets. A burger van will lead to grease and rubbish in our market place

  8. Gillian Clancy

    November 24, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    NO no no we just do not need something that will degrade the town. Market place is lovely and does not need an eyesore and the current traders do not need something that pays no rates etc taking trade away creating rubbish for others to clear up. Horrendous idea. Not to mention the vermin it would bring eg rats mice. Disruption and nosie to the residents. Surely Melksham is not that desperate!!

  9. Vicky

    November 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Surely this will produce more litter in a public place. The market place doesn’t want to be overcome with rats from discarded packaging and contents. Also think of existing takeaways in the area who have been suffering through Covid restrictions.

  10. Mark E

    November 24, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    The litter problem in Melksham is bad enough. This would just be another potential source of rubbish. We have enough fast food outlets already in the town who are struggling to make a living. The Market Place is an historic site and does not need to be defaced by a burger van. Burger vans tend to attract late night activity which could be noisy and disruptive. Apart from all those rather obvious reasons not to even consider this, I’m all in favour!

  11. Debbie

    November 24, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    No we don’t need this in Melksham. We already have enough food outlets in the town. It will be unfair on the people living in that area with the additional noise, vehicles and cooking smells being so close to their homes.

  12. Sharon

    November 24, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    No we do not need a burger van. Quite enough well established takeaways already. Would not look great or enhance the look of our very smart market place.

  13. S maskery

    November 24, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Definatly not ! We have enough takeaways in melkshan . And I can imagine it would end up a gathering place , especially on weekend evenings. = trouble !

  14. Jo Kitching

    November 24, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Melksham doesn’t need a burger van especially in Market Place, its a nice area so let’s not spoil it. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants in town to grab a bite to eat and are in need of our business especially in these uncertain times. Also, imagine the litter 🤨. No no no.

  15. Simon

    November 24, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Melksham doesn’t need another food place situated in the town. The businesses are suffering alot at the moment. We should support what is there already. Which I know alot of people do. Does both town council and wiltshire not take notice of what is happening. Having another food place will or could destroy more food outlets and more shops empty. Then they will have no one coming into town. Encourage other companies that are there in this time of need instead of destroying what is there already.

  16. Edweirnor Dicks

    November 24, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Why spend all that money to make the area look welcoming to look at a 12ft burger van, I’m all for small businesses to do well, but its a no from me.

  17. Mr uddin

    November 24, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    This is completely nonsense and unacceptable because nearly a million pounds spent to develop the market place and now you are asking to make it filthy useless. Melksham got enough food outlets to serve locally and hopefully everyone are really happy as it is. Many thanks

  18. Julie Cannings.

    November 24, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Why do we need a burger van when there are lots of other local businesses offering the same thing ?

  19. Elizabeth Rowley

    November 24, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    An inappropriate place to have a van. The buildings and streets ape is very nice , a burger van would not fit in. It will inevitably lead to an increase in litter again damaging the environment.
    It will take trade from existing businesses.

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    November 24, 2020 at 9:25 pm

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  21. Sarah

    November 24, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    I object to this.

  22. Beverley Bowden

    November 25, 2020 at 8:16 am

    No thanks lets use our local businesses we already have!

  23. Donna

    November 25, 2020 at 8:17 am

    We do not need a 12 foot trailer selling burgers ! Big blot on the market place. How ridiculous will that look, not to mention the noise, smells and litter that will produce. We have plenty of outlets for takeaway food, we should be supporting those existing businesses. NO, No, no to the burger van.

  24. Dean Child

    November 25, 2020 at 8:27 am

    I think this is a aweful idea to have our town degraded by a 7 Days a week burger van on our nice looking Market Square. We have so many shop that sell fast food in Melksham and this is just another really bad idea please forget it and move on to something better

  25. Alex

    November 25, 2020 at 9:37 am

    No to the burger van. We have more than enough food places already and this will contribute to more litter and smell to Market place.

  26. Veronica Cantello

    November 25, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    They would not allow tables and chairs from the cafe outside which would have not been offensive and in keeping with the surroundings. But to have a Burger van setting up will cause litter every where, greasy food stains on the light coloured slabs and the smell from the fat. The council ought to be fired if they let this go through

  27. Pauline Baker

    November 26, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    As a Market Place resident, I have strong objections to this crack-pot idea! I agree with all the previous comments, but what narks me the most is that the Wiltshire Council representative who is responsible for this application to be considered is the same one who tried to rid us of our weekly Fishmonger – fortunately, without success. Add to that, the Town Council registered their disapproval and ONCE AGAIN they are being ignored. Don’t just write to the News, write to Wiltshire Council and make your feelings known. Thank you to everyone who is helping to fight this daft idea. By the way, anyone out there actually approve of it? Bet you the Campus Site workers will, with their muddy boots adding to the mess! Hm!Think about it!

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