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Cotswold DC All Set For Stow Fair This Month
Cotswold District Council has been working with Gloucestershire Police, local residents, and other agencies this month to ensure that forthcoming Stow Fair is as well controlled as the previous two events.
The Fair – held twice a year at Stow-on-the-Wold – usually attracts a large number of gypsies and travellers, which can have a significant impact on the surrounding towns and villages.
However, the Council has been working with other agencies, including the Fair’s organisers and local Police, to manage behaviour and public order.
Since the last fair, the Council has been to the High Court to confirm that its injunction regarding planning legislation relating to the fair field is still valid and may be used, should the Council wish to do so.
The injunction limits the number of residential caravans allowed on the field overnight to three.
In the run up to the fair the council will, as usual, be advertising the existence of the injunction and handing out information to fair goers.
Cllr Clive Bennett, Portfolio holder for Safe & Strong Communities, said: “The Council’s intention was to move towards enforcement action if the October 2007 and May 2008 fairs were not effectively contained in terms of arrivals and numbers and if behaviour replicated that in May 2007.
“The situation has clearly improved since then. However, the Council simply needs to make people aware that it may use the injunction should it wish to do so.”
Cotswold District Council, in consultation, with police and local representatives, has taken the decision to close the Maugersbury Road car park at 7.30am on Monday October 20th.
The car park will remain closed until 2pm Friday October 24th. It is hoped 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.
Cotswold District Council will also be providing additional toilets, adjacent to the Maugersbury Road toilet block, and providing a specialist clean-up crew. In addition to the usual extensive clean-up on Friday morning, a team of two will operate on Fair day collecting glass bottles which are deposited in Stow Square and on Sheep Street, as a safety precaution.
: 16/10/2008 12:36:21
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