Opportunities for mobile food vendors in Mansfield parks

Photo of play area at Yeoman Hill Park in Mansfield Woodhouse
Yeoman Hill Park in Mansfield Woodhouse

Mobile food vendors are being invited to bid to trade in Mansfield District Council parks from July.

The council wants to provide refreshment stalls a selection of its parks, offering hot and cold food and drinks, snacks and ice cream, and is especially keen to hear from traders who sell healthy food snacks.

The successful applicants would be expected to provide a regular service at the parks from 1 July, especially at weekends and during the school holidays. 

Traders are being invited to submit bids of at least £700 a year for certain parks and at least £1,400 a year for others. The contract would run until 30 June 2023 but could be extended for a further year.

The parks where the service would be offered, in daylight hours only, are:

- The Carrs Recreation Ground in Warsop
- Yeoman Hill Park in Mansfield Woodhouse
- Fisher Lane Park in Mansfield
- King George V Park in Mansfield
- Manor Park in Mansfield.

Cllr Andy Burgin, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Environment, said: "By offering trading pitches in our parks, it is a win-win for everyone. 

"People visiting these parks will get, what we are sure will be, a welcome extra service.

"The council will be supporting the local economy, offering opportunities and jobs to local people and to businesses that will be supporting local producers and suppliers. 

"And the income generated from these pitches will help to support our Parks service." 

Applications for the pitches must be received by the council by 12 noon on 18 June 2021.

Looks are important: traders will have to supply a recent photograph of their van, along with its dimensions.

They would need to show how their business would contribute to the Mansfield's environment and/or economy by, for example, the use of local produce and employment of local people.  

They would also need to provide details of the range of food and drinks they would supply, its packaging and how the business would recycle and dispose of waste.

Traders will be expected to have a minimum of a three star food hygiene rating and follow rules regarding clearing litter and waste generated by their business. 

To apply, email Andy Chambers, Parks Development Officer, at parksadmin@mansfield.gov.uk or call him on 01623 463510, to request an application form.

Published: May 24th 2021