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Cotswold Authorities Set For Stow Fair
Since the last Stow Fair in October 2009, Gloucestershire Police and Cotswold District Council have continued to work with Stow residents and other agencies to ensure that this week’s Fair runs smoothly for those taking part and with minimum disruption for local residents.
The Fair will take place on Thursday May 13, 2010.
Chief Superintendent for the Cotswold and Stroud Division of Gloucestershire Constabulary, Gary Thompson, said; "Ensuring the Fair runs safely for all of those involved is at the heart of all the work we do with our partner agencies in the run up to, and the day of, the Fair."
The Fair, which is held in May and October each year in Stow on the Wold, attracts a large number of visitors and can have a significant impact on the surrounding towns and villages.
"Following the previous two events we were pleased to be able to report that there were no incidents of anti social behaviour or public order offences reported in Stow and Maugersbury during the Fair," continued Superintendent Thompson.
"This year we continue to work with other agencies, including the Fair’s organisers, to keep disruption to a minimum. Keeping people safe from harm is the focus of all operations surrounding events in the county. We are also present to offer reassurance to both local residents and visitors."
Gloucestershire Constabulary will again be adopting a high profile approach to policing the Stow Horse Fair and, as in previous years, will be carrying out high visibility patrols in and around Stow both on the run up to, and the day of the fair, to make the event as safe as possible for both residents and visitors.
Chief Superintendent Thompson added, "Our high visibility approach to policing the bi-annual Horse Fair has proved a great success with both Stow residents and visitors in recent years and is something we develop and improve on with each event."
Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Barry Gibbs, commented: "As each year goes by, we see an improvement in the joined-up working behind the scenes. Hopefully, this will result in yet another peaceful and well managed event. I am particularly grateful to the Police for the work they have done in providing secure arrangements for all those affected."
The Council, in consultation, with police and local representatives, has taken the decision to close the Maugersbury Road car park from 7.30am on Monday May 10th. The car park will remain closed until Friday May 14th. It is hoped that the closure of the car park will ensure Maugersbury Lane remains clear of vehicles and traders for the duration of the Fair, providing a safer environment and allowing continued access for local residents and emergency vehicles.
In addition to the usual extensive clean-up arrangements, the Council will be providing a specialist cleaning crew on Friday morning. Also, as a safety precaution, a team of two will operate on Fair day, collecting glass bottles which are deposited in Stow Square and on Sheep Street.
: 13/05/2010 11:25:12
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