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Campaigners in new fight to stop funfair

posted 7 Jul 2009, 05:56 by David Rintoul   [ updated 7 Jul 2009, 06:20 ]

Campaigners fighting to limit the number of large events held in the Meadows are preparing for another battle to stop a funfair setting up in the park for almost three weeks.

The protesters are furious that another major event could be given the go-ahead by councillors, despite a ruling in May that no more new events will be scheduled until they agree a new management plan for the park, including an annual limit on future events.

The funfair application will go before the council's licensing committee next week and campaigners are pleading with councillors to listen to their concerns.

This latest application comes just weeks after the green light was given to the Moscow State Circus to take place in the Meadows this summer.

The main arguments being put forward by campaign group Friends of the Meadows against the funfair are that prolonged events damage the grass and prevent local residents from using large areas of the park.

There are also fears that the funfair would set up beside the cricket pavilion, which could lead to games being cancelled.

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