Future Management Of Stow Fair

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Future Management Of Stow Fair

Issues surrounding Stow Fair were discussed by Cotswold District Council at its meeting on July 31st.

Council agreed to undertake one final attempt at negotiation, with the police in attendance, with the owners of the field on which the fair is held.

The aim would be to insist on a Monday opening in October 2007 and Tuesday in May 2008, with the full co-operation of the field owners.

The police would give a clear message that a repeat of May 2007's behaviour would be met with a robust response. Expectations of behaviour would be circulated widely among travellers in the run up to the event.

Cotswold District Council will resubmit its injunction, which limits the number of residential caravans on the field overnight to three, to the High Court to ensure that its validity is confirmed in the face of subsequent legislation around Human Rights and Race Relations.

The intention is to move to enforcement action if the October Fair and May 2008 Fair are not effectively contained (in terms of arrivals and numbers) and behaviour replicates that in May 2007.

Council agreed it would not actively seek nor actively facilitate the relocation of the fair.

The Council understands the next fair is due to take place on Thursday, October 25th. This date has not been confirmed.

Posted : 21/08/2007 16:46:58

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