Liverpool City Council wants more ice cream sellers

Ice cream sales in Liverpool’s parks and green spaces could be about to go through a major shake up.

In a bid to improve its long-term offer for outdoor locations throughout the city, Liverpool Council is going out to tender to seek providers to maintain ice cream and refreshment sales at two of its landmark spaces – Croxteth, Otterspool and Festival Gardens. A contract opportunity will also be offered to potential traders at other parks across the city.

The new set up could allow for ice cream vans to be in place at seven new spaces across Liverpool for up to five years.

According to a delegated authority decision report published by the city council, it seeks to enter into a procurement exercise worth more than £400,000 for operators to offer their services at parks and green spaces from this summer for an initial period of three years. Subject to agreement, this could be extended by an additional two.

The council requires the service to continue current delivery at Croxteth Country Park; Otterspool Park & Promenade and Festival Gardens and seek to support further provisions at Calderstones, Stanley Park, Sefton Park, Everton Park, St Johns Garden, Princes Park and The Mystery. Some of the locations have been requested by street traders via the council’s licensing department.

The report said, “These opportunities provide local employment opportunity and generate a revenue stream to support the maintenance and management of parks and greenspaces. In addition, traders in parks provide a focal point for parks users and a local presence.

“The provision of ice cream/refreshment services is already established as a third party provision with street trading licensing and ad hoc suppliers for events/activity provision. Liverpool Council do not have the infrastructure internally to provide this service.”

The local authority said the additional business could provide further traffic to its parks and “improve feelings of safety and opportunities for engagement.” Officials hope it will “support park users to spend more time in parks enhancing health and wellbeing opportunities through quality ice cream and refreshment provision, with a diverse range of produce to meet a variety of dietary requirements ultimately supporting the health and wellbeing of park users.”

A date has yet to be established as to when the new terms could start, with the city council agreeing to go out to tender on 28 June.

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