Funfair operator hopes to start new four-day event on Fareham sports fields

RIDES A funfair could be coming to Fareham
RIDES A funfair could be coming to Fareham
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A FUNFAIR operator has asked for permission to run a four-day event from the same council that rejected him earlier this year.

Charles Cole has put in an application to Fareham Borough Council to stage the fair on Cams Alders, which would run from September 8 to 11.

But Mr Cole was knocked back by the council in May when its ruling executive denied him the chance to run a fair on Titchfield recreation park or Park Lane recreation ground in Fareham.

Fareham Town FC owns the lease for much of the Cams Alders site, but following discussions, a suitable area has been identified that would also take into account the needs of Fareham Heathens Rugby Club, which is also based there.

And concerns have been raised about damage to the site, as if it is too wet, the grounds there can get very waterlogged.

Cole Funfairs has assured the council that they would cancel if a pre-event site inspection showed the ground to be unsuitable.

Ward councillor Trevor Howard said: ‘I agree with it going on at Cams Alders, as long as when they leave it, it’s in the same condition as when they found it and it needs to be finished in the evening by 9pm because we have a lot of residents living nearby, particularly the elderly.

‘If they do that, I’m all in favour. I do think Cams Alders isn’t used to its full potential, and this will be good for the South ward and good for the area.

‘South ward is coming up slowly.’

His ward colleague, Cllr Dennis Steadman said: ‘I did make some objections, but I have spoken to the officers and I was assured that this will be a pilot scheme, a bit smaller than normal and we will see how it goes.

‘We should give them a chance though and it will bring some money into this area.’

The fair would most likely feature five large rides, such as dodgems and a twister, three or four children’s rides, a bouncy castle and several games stalls.

Including three days to get the equipment on site and build it up and a day to take it all down, the fair would be on site from September 5 to 12.

A report due to go before the executive next Monday recommends giving permission for the fair on a trial basis. The council would receive £1,200 – £300 for each trading day. It also recommends asking the operator to make a £600 donation to the football club’s youth development programme.