South African street food van on East Lothian beach gets green light


Edinburgh-based BBQ StreetFood has applied for a building permit to bring its mobile rotisserie to Longniddry Bents parking lot 1.

Edinburgh-based BBQ StreetFood applied for a building permit to bring its mobile rotisserie to Longniddry Bents parking lot 1 after East Lothian council announced a potential site for a snack van.

However, road safety concerns saw conditions attached to the clearance ordering that the snack van, described as a 7.3 meter long trailer, may not turn right into the parking lot upon arrival each day. day or at the exit.

Councilors imposed the condition after visiting the parking lot which is on a winding stretch of the East Lothian coastal road and raising concerns about fast traffic.

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The move means that upon arriving from its current storage site in Portobello, it will automatically turn left, but upon exiting the mobile trailer will have to head east half a mile before it can turn right towards the station. de Longniddry to turn around.

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And the owner of the snack van was also ordered to bring his own trash cans to the site, which hasn’t had any for 15 years.

Concerns about litter on the beach were raised by councilors and Longniddry Community Council chairwoman Helen Young at a Virtual Planning Meeting Today (MAR).

The meeting was informed that litter bins were not provided at Longniddry Bents as they encourage littering.

Neil Clark, of the city council’s campaign rangers department, said the trash-free strategy had been a “huge success.”

He said: “Longniddry Bents was a difficult site to manage. At worst, we had trash and rats to deal with.

“We don’t have any trash cans and haven’t had any for 15 years. Not having trash cans has been a huge achievement.

Applicant Andre De Villiers told the committee: “All of our packaging is biodegradable, from knives and forks to the packaging itself, there is no plastic involved.

“It’s not a take-out van, it’s a completely custom-made rotisserie.”

Applying for a building permit, the company said it plans to operate in the parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from November to February, and then from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from March to October.

Ms Young told the committee that there were concerns about litter caused by customers bringing food to the beach from the parking lot.

And she blasted the town hall for advertising sites on its coastal parking lots without “public consultation”.

She said: “As a community council, we would have liked to see a sustainable tourism policy before the East Lothian council started advertising the trade stalls.

“There is a lot of anger on the part of the other community councils about this no-talk introduction. “

And she warned that billboards for snack vans “are crowding the coastal road.”

She said, “What about people who just want to visit the beaches and the countryside. They don’t want to smell the fry or chat with the kids about buying food when they get to the beach. They want a cheap day.

The committee granted a temporary building permit for the new street food vendor for just one year to allow them to examine its impact in the future.

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