Ilfracombe funfair likely to return in 2012

Council looks set to approve new ‘compromise’ licence to use the pier once again when the attraction returns in September 2012.

COUNCILLORS have been recommended to grant a licence for the annual Ilfracombe funfair to once again operate on the pier when it returns to the town in September 2012.

Today (Tuesday) the executive committee of North Devon Council is being asked to approve a compromise to allow the fair to use the pier from Tuesday, September 11 to Saturday, September 15 next year.

The licence proved contentious when last year Ilfracombe Harbour Board asked for the fair to be moved to an alternate site in the town because it claimed the loss of the pier parking space was detrimental to businesses.

Operator David Rowland argued there was no alternative and in the end a compromise was reached, which included a reduced number of days, reduced operating area and storage of fairground vehicles opposite the harbour at Hillsborough.


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Councillors have been recommended to approve similar terms for 2012, with the loss of parking revenue from the pier for that period to be charged to the fair operator.

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