All the fun of the fair coming to Kenilworth after all - The Leamington Observer

All the fun of the fair coming to Kenilworth after all

Leamington Editorial 26th Mar, 2024   0

ALL the fun of the fair could be coming to Kenilworth this year after all.

Warwick District Council reported this week that an agreement had been reached for a new location for Kenilworth Carnival and Funfair.

Earlier this month, WDC was forced to announce the annual summer carnival could no longer take place on Abbey Fields.

WDC’s events and green spaces teams had assessed the impact of the funfair on its traditional site on the fields for the past couple of years and decided the damage to the trees and the grounds beneath was becoming too great to allow the event to continue.

WDC arts and economy spokesperson Coun Ella Billiald explained at the time: “We fully understand the disappointment of both the carnival organisers and local residents that we are no longer able to hold the funfair on Abbey Fields particularly as the event is such a long-held tradition for the town of Kenilworth.

“When the fete and funfair started around 70 years ago, it was on a much smaller scale and the trees surrounding the park weren’t as large and mature. In recent times the number of rides and stalls has increased as has the volume of vehicles and visitors on the site.

“The impact of this combined with the effects of climate change with spells of very dry and wet weather has meant we have now reached a tipping point in terms of the stress and potential damage to tree root plates. This means that if the funfair was allowed to go ahead, we would be in the situation of breaching our own guidelines for the management and care of Abbey Fields, which is an ancient monument that the council has a duty to protect.”

The decision not to grant permission for the funfair was communicated to the Carnival Committee in December 2023.

The funfair and carnival will now take place, subject to the required approvals from Historic England, in another part of Abbey Fields.

The decision follows a successful meeting with the Carnival Committee, Funfair Operator and leader of Kenilworth Town Council, and WDC officers will now draw up revised plans for this year’s event, which will be brought to WDC’s Cabinet meeting on April 10.


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