An award-winning brownie maker who was invited to sell from Forfar Loch by Angus Council’s leisure trust has been kicked off the land by another council department.
Kirriemuir-based Artisana has been selling brownies, cakes and coffee from a blue, vintage van at Forfar Loch since June.
It pitched up after an invitation from AngusAlive, the culture, sport and leisure trust that promotes, operates and delivers services on behalf of Angus Council.
However, Artisana was asked to leave the site by the council’s parks department, stating that it runs the land, not AngusAlive.
The parks official told business owner Ailsa Hayward no one in the council knew who she was.
Ailsa said: “It was arranged through the economic development department of the council, who spoke to AngusAlive on our behalf about offering something locally.
“AngusAlive then got in touch and we agreed to a trial until September. However, certain council departments weren’t prepared to wait.”
About a month after Artisana arrived at the Forfar beauty spot, the van was visited by the council’s licensing department which asked the business to apply for various licences. Artisana applied for the licences required.
Shortly afterwards, the council’s planning department said planning permission was required. Now the parks department has asked Artisana to leave.
“I assumed that because we were asked by the council to do something, everything was in place,” Ailsa said.
A spokesman for Angus Council said an apology had been given to Artisana for the “confusion”.