MP calls for change in the law to protect Strawberry Fair

June 11, 2010 12:15 PM

Julian HuppertCambridge MP Julian Huppert has called for a change in the law to protect the future of the city's Strawberry Fair.

He wants the government to change the Licensing Act to prevent last minute licence reviews similar to the one that led to the event being cancelled this summer.

The government has already agreed to review the Licensing Act and Julian wants his request included as part of that review.

He asked Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in a written Parliamentary Question.

"It is extremely difficult for the organisers of one-off, annual events like Strawberry Fair to deal with unexpected last minute licence reviews," Julian said.

"The Licensing Act, as it stands at the moment does not cover this sort of eventuality. If a licence review is called, it can seriously disrupt an event or even lead to its cancellation.

"There needs to be more protection in law to safeguard community events like Strawberry Fair. Organisers should not be left in this vulnerable position."

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