A POPULAR mobile cafe has been closed just days into a three month trial at Cary Park.
Caterer Claire Halls has been turning heads with her striking air stream Atomic Cafe van since she set up at the new play park on August 15.
She was given a Torbay Council temporary licence to trade during the summer and at weekends when children return to school.
But she has been told to pack up her retro van despite it being popular with parents who grab a bite while watching their little ones in the park.
Claire, from Marldon, said: "I'm really disappointed about it because the feedback has been excellent."
Claire, who caters at festivals and local events was asked to leave after anger from councillors and traders.
They said that they had voted against a concession and were shocked when it turned up.
Tim Knight, owner of the Crusty Loaf in Reddenhill Road said that he was losing £100 a day when the van started trading.
He said: "It arrived out of the blue without consultation and that's what we are upset about.
"Parents used to come to us and other cafes for their lunches but since the van has been there, they stop for a coffee and a cake and pop to Tesco later. "I understand why the council did it because they want to make money for the park but if they had come to us then we could have run it."
Pete Addis, ward councillor said that the three members for St Marychurch and the ward partnership had been against a mobile cafe at the park.
He said: "It's a conservation area, you don't put a cafe in the middle of it."
Mr Knight said that the businesses in Reddenhill Road were coming together for a event that will help to raise cash for the park.
He said: "We have come up with a counter proposal to run the concession so the money will go back to the traders and we can help pay for things for the park. "There are other options if only the council had told us about it."
A Torbay Council spokesman said that th concession finished at the end of the week at the request of the ward councillors, who had been contacted by the community partnership and businesses.
He said: "Feedback on the trial will be presented to elected members before a decision is made on the provision of similar services in the future."