By Donna Semmens
Monday, August 20, 2012
The historic King’s Lynn Mart could have its time in town curtailed and lose its traditional St Valentine’s day opening if a detailed report is approved by councillors.
The traditional fair, which comes to Lynn for two weeks each February, has been under the spotlight since three-year-old Rio Bell died during this year’s event when he was hit by a car on the junction of King Street and the Tuesday Market Place.
A report recommends councillors approve a raft of changes including: the fair held for little more than a week, a temporary pedestrian crossing, employing marshals and more barriers.
The Mart Task Group report says the fair should only be open for eight or nine days, but to include Sunday, instead of the usual fortnight.
It also proposes Ferry Street closes to traffic while the Mart is in town and marshals are used to help people cross, paid for by the fair’s operators. Campaigners had called for the junction of King Street and the Tuesday Market Place to be closed for the fair, but that has been deemed impractical.
Members of West Norfolk Council’s Regeneration, Environment and Community Panel are being asked to recommend the series of changes proposed by the task group at a meeting on August 29.
Opening day will change to the Friday preceding half-term from 2014 and it will close the Saturday after half-term. It would be allowed to open at 2.30pm.