14th December 2016
By Julia Penhaligon

A Cornwall Council crack-down on street traders could force the closure of a fast-food unit at Carland Cross, between St Agnes and Truro, later today (Wednesday December 14.)

Zippy’s Diner, operated by Carl Roberts, is currently trading from a grass verge close to the Shell garage, off the A30 Carland Cross roundabout.



The diner, specialising in burgers and soft drinks, had previously traded from a site at St Austell.  It is popular with its customers but has attracted complaints from some neighbours.

Mr Roberts has now applied for a street trading licence but wants the council to lift a condition which would require him to clear the site outside of his normal opening hours.  Mr Roberts says this would force him to switch off his refrigerators and waste the food inside.

The Zippy’s Diner application is the latest to come before the council’s Street Trading Sub-committee, which meets this morning to consider what to do.  A change in rules, introduced in July, made the whole of Cornwall a “consent” area – requiring traders to be licensed, and subject to conditions.

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