City council welcomes positive approach to fair

June 7, 2010 10:52 AM
Councillor Rod Cantrill

Rod Cantrill

• Cambridge City Council welcomed the positive and friendly approach taken by the people who participated in the unofficial events that replaced Strawberry Fair on Midsummer Common on Saturday

• The Council had undertaken extensive planning in conjunction with the police and other stakeholders to ensure that any events were held in a safe and positive environment

• The Council put in place staff to ensure that Midsummer Common remained a safe environment during and after Saturday's events

• The steps were taken in response to the decision by the Strawberry Fair organisers to cancel the fair due to the actions of the police in objecting to an element of the arrangements

Coun Rod Cantrill, Executive City Councillor for Arts and Recreation, commented:

"I would like to thank people who took part in the events on Midsummer Common for the positive and friendly way in which they conducted themselves and the consideration they had for other users of the common.

"They illustrate that events of this nature can be held in a safe and positive environment on the city's green open spaces without constraining the lives of other residents or visitors.

"I am hopefully that the way the events were organised this weekend will have a positive influence in the discussions between Strawberry Fair organisers, the police and the City Council in reaching a long term solution for holding Strawberry Fair in 2011 and going forward. "

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