Ice cream sellers to return to Becket’s Park in Northampton

Aldo Gallone
Aldo Gallone
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The jingle of ice cream vans is set to return to Becket’s Park as the borough council prepares to remove trading restrictions at the leisure spot.

Councillors sitting on next week’s licensing committee are expected to approve a recommendation to allow a ‘trading consent site’ at the junction of Nunn Mills Road and Bedford Road.

Currently double yellow lines there prevent traders from selling their wares.

But if the committee approves the scheme, on-street food sellers, including ice cream vans, will be able to apply for a pitch from August.

Aldo Gallone, owner of family-run ice cream firm, Gallone’s, runs 25 vans across Northampton and believes the move will atttract more people to the park.

“Becket’s Park is a really nice place, there’s no ifs or buts about it, but it’s one of those hardly-used gems in Northampton. I guess this is just the next step in improving the facilities there.”

In 2011, work was completed on improving the paths and lighting along the promenade in Becket’s Park, which runs alongside the River Nene. An 80-berth marina was finished there the same year.

But Mr Gallone, who is set to celebrate his firm’s 8oth year in Northampton in 2015, believes trading consent will play a big part in making the picturesque spot as popular as Abington Park in the summer.

He said: “It’s in town, it’s got good parking facilities so people can hop down there for half-an-hour or so.

“The kids can have a go on the swings and if they’re good they can get an ice cream, it just adds that extra little bit to the park.”

Deputy chairman of the borough council licensing committee Councillor Michael Hill (Con, Nene Valley) is also for the scheme.

He said: “I think this is an area where an ice cream van would be really useful. It’s off the main road and I think it will do very well down there.”