May day fear

COMMUNITY safety leaders say they fear a return to the troublesome May days of years gone by - after failing to set up a pre-planning

COMMUNITY safety leaders say they fear a return to the troublesome May days of years gone by - after failing to set up a pre-planning meeting for the event.Last year Nailsea Local Action Team (LAT) joined forces with North Somerset Council, local police and 2nd Nailsea Scouts, who organise the May Fair, to put plans in place to ensure the event was trouble free.The move came after complaints about bad behaviour at previous events and reports of fighting and large groups of youths drinking under age.But this year, despite numerous requests by the LAT to North Somerset Council for a pre-planning meeting, nothing has happened.LAT chairman John Hunter now fears without preventative measures in place, the May fair could once again be hit by trouble.Mr Hunter said: "I am very concerned that there has been no pre-planning for the event. I understand the scouts have put things in place as have the police, but there has not been a joined up approach."The May fair in the past has attracted trouble, but as a result of last year's pre-planning meeting, the event passed without problems."Scout boss Richard Simmons said the organisation had also requested a meeting with North Somerset Council.Mr Simmons said: "We have spoken to the police to discuss their arrangements and ensure the same measures are in place as last year."North Somerset Police Sector Inspector Steve Date said extra resources had been drafted in to patrol the event.Inspector Date said: "Extra specials will be on duty to cover the May fair and we have ensured we have officers on the ground at peak times."Our 24/7 policing team has also been briefed about the event."We have organised the policing of the event at a local level and have not had any consultation with North Somerset Council."The May fair takes place on May 7 and runs from 12noon-5pm and there will be a Viking re-enactment, sideshows, stalls and live music. A fun fair will also set up at the Millennium Park for the whole Bank Holiday weekend.North Somerset Council spokesman Richard Turner said the council's event team had been working with the fair organisers.He added the authority was planning to contact the LAT to discuss setting up a pre planning meeting this week.


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