Back town carnival, council told

CALLS for more support to be provided for Buxton’s biggest community event of the year have been made by members of Buxton Pubwatch.

Each year the carnival and wells dressing festival celebrations bring thousands of residents and visitors out on to the streets.

Now Ken Howarth, Chairman of Buxton’s Pubwatch, a group which represents many of the town’s licensed premises, want to see support for the event from High Peak Borough Council.

He said there were ways in which the council could work with organisers to make it easier for them to stage the event.

Mr Howarth said the fairground operators who bring a fair to the Market Place each summer as part of the event are unable to bring some of the more impressive rides.

“This is due to the high penalty clauses that the Council have if the fair is not cleared by Tuesday morning,” explained Mr Howarth.

“The technical nature of the rides means that although they can be taken down in the dark or if it is raining they cannot be dismantled if it is both dark and raining.”

The fair has always had to be dismantled and removed from the market place by early on the Tuesday morning because of the market.

Buxton Pubwatch members are asking the Council to allow the fair to be removed on a Tuesday without being penalised.

Ways to regenerate the market place area are also needed, according to the group.

They have asked High Peak Borough Council’s Executive member for Regeneration Cllr Ian Huddlestone to look at the issue.

Among the suggestions they have put forward are for events such as car boot sales or a flea market to be held on Sunday mornings to attract more people into the area.