A motion to reinstate funfair bookings on the Pavilion forecourt was passed at tonight’s meeting of Full Council (Wednesday 8th March).
The dates for the funfairs are as follows:
29th April to 1st May (three days)
6th to 8th May (King’s coronation weekend, three days).
27th May to 4th June (May half-term, nine days)
1st to 31st August (Summer holidays, one operator)
21st October to 29th October(October school half-term, nine days)
5th November (Bonfire Night, one day)
Funfairs that were already booked at Easter and at the Jubilee Clock site remain unchanged.
Conditions for the licences for funfair bookings on the Pavilion forecourt were also agreed including closing the funfair at /no later than 9.30pm on “non-event nights”. On “event nights” such as Bonfire Night, the fair will close at / no later than10.30pm. Operators will also be required not to set up or break down equipment after 10pm or before 8am. Operators will be required to reduce the volume of music and announcements for the last hour of operation each day.
On event nights, the operator will be required to employ two licensed door supervisors to patrol within the funfair area. Moving the funfair to alternative sites in 2024 will also be investigated. And the funfair operator was asked to provide toilets.
Mayor Cllr Ann Weaving, and Chair of Full Council, said: “The decision to reinstate the funfair bookings on the Pavilion forecourt, along with the additional measures we have agreed the operators must put in place, seeks to address the diverse concerns put forward from members of the public, local organisations, and local businesses. The funfairs provide activities for the benefit of both residents and visitors, and I’m grateful to everyone who has taken the time to contribute their views on this topic.”