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Would you like to see the mid-Lent fair extended?

Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on a request to extend the length of the Grantham and Stamford mid-Lent fairs.

The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain has asked to run both fairs over extra days from next year.

South Kesteven District Council cabinet member for Retail and Visitor Economy, Coun Nick Robins, said: "We are consulting with residents and businesses directly affected by the fairs and would urge them to have their say.

"People can also get in touch with their local SKDC member. It is important that if they feel strongly about the proposed extension their voices are heard."

Other businesses that may be affected, such as taxi firms and supermarkets where deliveries could be disrupted, and statutory organisations such as the police and highways authority, will also be approached.

The results of the four-week consultation will be submitted to the Secretary of State who will decide whether the extension is allowed.

In 2019 the Showmen’s Guild wants the Stamford fair to open from Monday, April 1 at 6pm and run until Sunday, April 7.

All fair equipment would leave the town before 6am on Monday, April 8.

The rides and attractions would roll into Grantham on Tuesday, April 9 from 7pm onwards.

The fair would be open to the public from Wednesday, April 10 until Sunday, April 14, and all equipment would leave the town before 6am on Monday, April 15.

The regular Saturday market would relocate to St Peter’s Hill.

Any costs associated with the move would be covered by the Showmen’s Guild.

All other costs are met by the Showmen’s Guild and would include additional costs associated with the proposed changes.

Residents and businesses wishing to have their say on the proposal, who have not been selected to participate, are invited to complete either or both of the surveys online, at: www.southkesteven.gov.uk/fairsconsultation2018

For a printed copy, contact the SKDC communications team on 01476 406502 or via email to pr@southkesteven.gov.uk

The consultation closes on August 24.

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