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Plans for 'Wonder World Funfair' in Stratford given go-ahead

Stratford Editorial 19th Mar, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE GO-AHEAD has been given to plans to hold a funfair with a global flavour in Stratford.

Wilson’s Funfairs – the company responsible for the operation of the Mop and Runaway Mop in Stratford every October – applied to hold a ‘Wonder World Funfair’ at the end of May.

Although they initially wanted the event to run for 17 days from the overflow car park next the Recreation Ground, members of Stratford District Council’s ruling Cabinet opted to reduce the fair to just ten days.

It will now be set up from May 18 until May 21 and run from May 22 to May 31.

It is understood the funfair will include attractions from around the world although further details have not been revealed as yet.

Meanwhile plans to change the parking system at Bridgefoot to ‘pay and display’ have been put on hold.

Concerns had previously been raised the proposed move could discourage people from visiting the town.

And following discussions at the Cabinet meeting, it was agreed a number of interested parties – including the RSC, Birthplace Trust and Stratforward – would be consulted further prior to any changes being implemented.

Stratford District Council is looking to replace the current ‘pay on exit’ system at the car park with a new ‘pay and display’ system.

They say the improvements, which were originally planned for spring 2015 and include paying by phone and card, would not only help reduce the number of technical issues but also give people more flexibility and choice.

But the move was condemned by Lib Dem councillor Peter Moorse, who claimed it was unfair to force people to decide how long they wanted to stay in the town.

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