THE future of an annual fun fair on Ilfracombe Pier continued to hang in the balance yesterday (Tuesday) as councillors considered whether to refuse it a licence for the venue. The executive committee of North Devon Council was set to consider a request b

THE future of an annual fun fair on Ilfracombe Pier continued to hang in the balance yesterday (Tuesday) as councillors considered whether to refuse it a licence for the venue.

The executive committee of North Devon Council was set to consider a request by the Harbour Board to stop the September fair using the pier and to offer it an alternative site.

Reasons for the request included local businesses's fear that the fair "was detrimental" to their own business because it reduced parking by taking up the pier spaces.

The Board also stated the fair might conflict with the planned ferry service and could conflict with a proposed Seafest event planned in the harbour area the same week as the fair.

A report to executive said the fair was charged £2,650 for the use of the car park area, while the income from the pier car park on the previous week was £5,167.

Ilfracombe Town Council has said it would support or accept the relocation of the fair to the seafront, as long as there was no loss of seafront parking income.

District and town councillor Paul Crabb is current chairman of the Harbour Board. He said: "What we are not trying to do is prevent the fair from coming, but have said we recognise the fact it is for the whole town and not just the harbour. We are all working hard to try to find an alternative solution to this."

The fair is operated by David T Rowland and Son. Mr Rowland has said previously there are no alternative sites in Ilfracombe which are suitable. He told the Gazette on Monday the company still very much wanted to come to the town because it was a popular venue and he hoped to be able to address the councillors at yesterday's meeting.