Petition launched after a popular coffee van was stopped from trading in a Sunderland park

A petition has been launched to try and help bring back Charley’s Coffee Van to Barnes Park after it was moved on by Sunderland City Council.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 2:21 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 2:46 pm

Charley’s Coffee Van had been situated at the main car park in Barnes Park throughout England’s third national lockdown and had become popular with some members of the public.

The van has now been moved on by Sunderland City Council following complaints from residents as the owner not having the “appropriate consent” to trade in the park.

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Charley's Coffee Van was moved on by Sunderland City Council to prevent the business trading in Barnes Park.

Following the council’s decision, an online petition has been set up to urge the local authority to allow the coffee van, which is ran by ex-servicemen, to return to Barnes Park.

A statement on the petition said: “Please bring back our beloved van to Barnes park, we brought coffee and smiles and we are gutted we have been moved on.”

A spokesperson for Sunderland City Council explained that they would need to apply for a permit in order to carry on trading.

They said: “All vendors who wish to trade in council’s parks must have permission to do so.

The van had been located in the main car park of Barnes Park throughout the latest Covid lockdown. Photo: Google Maps.

“In this case, Charley’s was requested to move from the location in Barnes Park as the owner did not have the appropriate consent to trade in the park, and the operation had been the subject of some complaints from residents.

"The owner has been offered information on trading in a more appropriate location and advice on obtaining a street trading licence to permit trading on designated highway land should he wish to do so.”

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