Back in November 2011, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet approved a revised set of charges for Traffic Management at community events (and other). This is the process someone who is organising an event has to go through if the event has some impact on a highway. Now, several months later, this proposals are out for public consultation which includes the town and parish Council’s.
The good news is a small street party on a residential street is remaining free. This is very welcomed as charging for these types of events will make it unaffordable to hold a simple street party. The real changes come for larger events. For instance, a Village Fete (< 5000) is currently free, but the proposal is to charge £130. A Town Carnival (< 5000) will see a charge of £260; currently being free. A large Agricultural Show will remain the same at £800. National events like Remembrance events will not be charged.
A big change to the system is signage. In many cases now, you can get the signage from the council for free. Now under these proposals signage will not be provided by the council. You will now have to source your own. However, for a town council, there is a proposals for Cornwall Council to give you a grant, or even fully fund a stock of signage. This then will be used by community groups, but held and maintained by the town council.
So what do you think of these new proposals? Want to make a comment? Well you can, by clicking HERE for the full consultation paper and how to submit your views. And HERE for the Consultation Form. You have until 31st October to respond.