Group to tackle impact of fairs and events in Yarmouth
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Councillors in Great Yarmouth are set to establish a working group to help reduce any negative impact of fairs, attractions and other events in the borough.
The recommendation for the group’s creation was made by the council’s chief executive, Sheila Oxtoby, at a Tuesday meeting of the authority’s policy and resources committee.
Decisions on whether to allow events such as fairs to occur on council land are currently made by officers, but Ms Oxtoby said the council was “very conscious that these events can impact local communities”.
The group would consist of five councillors and meet on an ad hoc basis.
Her report pointed out that councillors often become interested in the events only after they have already been given permission to occur, so involving them in the consultation process beforehand would be “good governance”.
Decisions on events would still ultimately be made by officers, rather than the working group.
All of the committee voted in favour but Labour councillor and former MP Tony Wright abstained, after arguing that a better idea would be for local councillors to be kept informed of upcoming events in their wards.
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