London, CAN: London Politicians Hit Brakes on Food Trucks – For Now

(QMI Agency file photo)

By Patrick Maloney  |

(QMI Agency file photo)
(QMI Agency file photo)

City politicians held off voting on a plan to introduce food trucks in London, instead asking staff to tweak, and potentially expand, the pilot project.

Curbside cuisine is offered in many major cities, and staff presented a plan at city hall Monday to allow three trucks to set up near Victoria Park from June to November, within the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

But members of council’s community and protective services committee felt the proposal may be too restrictive – and asked staff to look at possibly expanding the number of trucks they’ll license and where they’re allowed.

“Typical London,” said Mayor Joe Fontana. “We want to try things moderately, one little half-step at a time. Come on.”

The proposal debated Monday would keep the three pilot-project trucks in designated spots near Victoria Park: two on Dufferin Ave. and one on Clarence St.

Politicians also asked staff to look at possibly regulating what’s offered on food trucks’ menus. That’s part of the model recently rolled out in Ottawa.

“I don’t want to see hot dogs and hamburgers out of food trucks,” Coun. Harold Usher said. “I don’t (think) the community wants to see that.”

There was little explicit political resistance to the idea, though Coun. Bill Armstrong did say: “It sounds exciting but it won’t be exciting if a huge amount of revenue . . . comes out of the pockets of existing restaurants that pay property taxes.”

Staff will bring a revised proposal back to the committee on June 11, and the matter will then go to city council for a final vote.–for-now