Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has slammed the high cost of ice cream van licenses which could leave some owners frozen out of the town.
A street trading license in the borough costs £863 a year, several hundred pounds more than in neighbouring areas.
Pauline McCabe who has been selling ice cream for 46 years, believes the high cost presents a considerable barrier to van owners doing business in Rochdale.
With summer on the way, Mr Danczuk has urged the council to consider offering a discount or risk the chance that ice cream sellers will give the town the cold shoulder.
Mr Danczuk said: “Buying a cone from an ice cream van is a traditional part of the great British summer, sadly that could be under threat here in Rochdale.
“Ice cream van owners in the town already pay a great deal for their licenses, several hundred pounds more than in neighbouring Rossendale or Oldham.
“The license fee is also significantly higher than that paid by taxi drivers, who are able to operate 365 days a year.
“I understand that with so many cuts from central Government to our local council, every penny counts.
“But surely, with summer just around the corner, ice cream lovers in Rochdale should not be made to suffer.
“Unless something is done, there is a real chance that the sight and sound of ice cream vans disappear from our streets altogether.”