PORTSMOUTH, NH – The city’s Parking and Traffic Safety Committee unanimously recommended against expanding the city’s food truck program.

The vote came after several city residents showed up at the committee’s meeting Thursday morning to speak against the idea.

Committee member Ted Gray said the idea of allowing food trucks to operate downtown between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. should be “dropped and forgotten.” He maintained the city would just be “inviting trouble” by moving forward with the idea of creating a pilot program to allow more food trucks.

Such a program, Gray said, would lead to “trash, urinating, fights, congestion, whatever else goes with it.”

“We’re just jumping off into an abyss and it’s something that I’m opposed to,” Gray said.

Committee member and Police Capt. Frank Warchol also spoke against the pilot program, saying the spots city staff picked for the food trucks “could be incredibly dangerous, not only for the drivers, but also for the people standing in line.”

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