A DESSERT seller who has asked for permission to sell treats from her van across all of Wychavon until nearly midnight has divided opinion amongst dozens of councils.

Sam Grosvenor, who sells desserts including ice cream, milkshakes and slushies from a mobile van, has asked to extend her opening hours from 8am to 11pm every day.

Some parish councils have supported the plan but several others have raised concerns about obesity, road safety and the late-night hours as well as the effect the open end licence would have on existing businesses in villages.

Miss Grosvenor already sells desserts three evenings a week across Wychavon on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 6.30pm and 9pm.

Nine objections were received about trading in Broadway and one objection about selling in Pinvin and Miss Grosvenor agreed not to trade in those areas as part of the new application.

The plans were sent to all of the town and parish councils across Wychavon asking councillors if they wanted any areas removed from the prospective licence.

Fladbury Parish Council also objected saying it was concerned about litter, unhealthy eating and the impact it would have on businesses in the village already struggling because of coronavirus.

Hindlip, Martin Hussingtree and Salwarpe Parish Council said allowing an ice cream van to ply for trade on a number of roads in the parishes would be dangerous and cause extra congestion especially with several diversions in place.

The parish council, as it did last year, asked for the area to be removed from the licence stopping Miss Grosvenor from trading there.

Parish councils in Whittington, Pershore and Wyre Piddle all raised no objections.

Beckford Parish Council and Drakes Broughton and Wadborough with Pirton Parish Council both raised no objection but called the opening hours "excessive" and would like to see them reduced.

Harvington Parish Council and Stoulton Parish Council both supported the plan but would like to see operating hours cut to 9pm.

Wychavon District Council's licensing subcommittee meets from 2pm next Wednesday (October 14) to discuss the proposals.