Lib Dems call for review of large-scale city events following Midsummer Funfair cancellation

Opposition Liberal Democrat councillors in Cambridge are today calling for the city council to take a close look at how it coordinates large events following the cancellation of the funfair at this year's Midsummer Fair.

Liberal Democrat Communities spokesperson, Councillor Zoe O'Connell, said "The decision not to hold the funfair at Midsummer Fair this year will be a disappointment to many, who will have been looking forward to enjoying what has become a large part of an 800-year-old tradition. However, our thoughts remain with the woman who was seriously injured last year. Ensuring that we learn the lessons of this tragedy and ensuring events are both safe and seen to be safe must remain a high priority for the city.

"Given the increased pressure Labour have put the city council under to run four more events per year, despite the problems the ice rink on Parker's Piece created, we believe that it is now time for a comprehensive review of how all large-scale events such as this are run and coordinated. The council can not let itself take a hands-off approach to management, but must ensure that Cambridge can continue to run events that are safe, respect our green spaces and are to the benefit and enjoyment of all those who live, work in and visit our city."

Contact: Councillor Zoe O'Connell - 07932 679179 - zoe@complicity.co.uk

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