THEY are a summer staple in Rockingham and Kwinana streets, but the humble soft-serve ice cream van has become a noisy nuisance for some.
The Courier has received several letters from annoyed residents in both cities complaining about the “irritating” music played by the traditional mobile vendors as they trawl through suburban streets.
According to one reader from Safety Bay, the offending tune was Greensleeves, played continually for several hours in a small area.
Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said all mobile food vehicles had to be registered with the City’s health services department.
“There are some trading restrictions that are placed on the licences, including that the operator is not to cause a noise nuisance with amplified music,” he said.
Cr Sammels said there were four licensed ice cream traders in the City.
Last year, Captain Soft Serve Rockingham owner Des Broadfield told the Courier it was important ice cream vans operating in the City had licences and those that did were amicable with the community.
“We would welcome the support of the council in ridding our streets of rogue vans as a matter of urgency,” he said.