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The continued operation of ice cream vans here is a mystery

16 March, 2017

• IT is 4 o’clock in the afternoon on a Saturday in Camden Town.

An ice cream van has returned to Buck Street, parking as usual within the intersection of Buck Street and Camden High Street.

Its old-fashioned diesel engine is spewing poison fumes into the faces of everyone anywhere close.

I just now observed an ambulance with its lights flashing, attempting to gain access to the High Street via Buck Street.

Its access is being significantly impeded by the ice cream van blocking the way.

The van did not, of course, move.

The ambulance was eventually able to continue its mission.

I am sure that there are numerous surveillance devices operating in Camden Town which should be clocking all of this.

As always when ice cream vans park in forbidden zones in Camden Town, the
traffic wardens are conspicuous by their absence.

It is widely assumed that the promptness of the wardens to ticket illegally-stopped private cars remains unimpaired.

But in the vacuum created by Camden Council’s failure of governance rumours, of course, abound as the citizens of our borough attempt to explain the mystery of the ice cream vans’ continued activity here.

JOHN CLUTE
Address supplied

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