Concerns have been raised about the number of food traders wanting to set up on Pendennis Point after an application to run a mobile smokehouse was received.

Councillors raised concerns at a meeting of Falmouth Town Council's licensing committee last night when they considered an application from the Falmouth Smokehouse to set up in the popular viewing point car park.

The application from Henry Osman was to sell hot and cold food on Pendennis Headland based around smoked goods on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 9pm from a liveried white Mercedes Sprinter Van.

Currently there are four traders licensed to sell food in the car park including King's Ice Cream, Rowe's pasty tricycle, Café Kernow and Falmouth Dairy. The trader Waves recently surrendered their consent to operate within the site.

Raising concerns, Cllr Jude Robinson said it just didn't seem appropriate to her to have more food traders up there.

"We have got coffee and ice cream and just feel that is as far as we should go," she said. "It's a leisure area where people go for walks. You're going to get the smell of food. You've got another vehicle pumping out fumes it's too much for Pendennis Point."

Falmouth mayor Cllr Steve Eve said it was just another case of Cornwall Council trying to make as much money as they could out of everything.

"They seem to want to turn all these pitches up," he said. "Soon you won't be able to park up there. You'll have to go and park on the main road to get something to eat because the parking spaces are all taken up by traders .

"We said last time because it was a bike that it wouldn't take up much room but that we wouldn't support anything else but it is crowded up there. I totally agree with Jude, enough's enough and it should be turned down."


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Cllr Zoe Young said as the council was currently in the long process of working out the future of Pendennis Point where the council may end up managing it. "This is not the time for somebody to come and do this," she said.

Cllr Eva added that it was over siting of trade vehicles. "It's supposed to be a pleasant place to go and if you have got a smokehouse going and a coffee machine thing going and something else going some people won't want to go up there because it won't be a pleasant place to be."

Councillors on the committee voted to recommend refusal of the application