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Fireworks display set to be held at harbour

By Warren Wilkins 19th September 2018

Fireworks display set to be held at harbour

A community fireworks display will be back with a bang in Newquay on Bonfire Night after £3,000 funding has ignited the initiative.

Newquay Town Council’s Tourism and Leisure Committee has agreed to provide the grant to stage the event at Newquay Harbour on November 5.

The community display, which cost £6,000 to stage at Newquay Sports Centre last year, was in danger of being a one-off as Newquay BID, which organised the inaugural event in partnership with the town council, withdrew its support.

The business group decided it could no longer provide any funding as Newquay Sports Centre is outside its remit area and the town council opposed its proposal to introduce an entry fee.

Councillors have decided a community fireworks display can still be held on November 5 at a cost of £3,000 to the taxpayer as less security and marshalling will be needed  holding the event at the harbour.

They also believe changing the location to the harbour will give businesses in the town centre a boost following concerns the only beneficiary from last year’s event was Newquay Sports Centre. The Tourism and Leisure Committee agreed to provide the £3,000 funding at its meeting on Tuesday, September 11.

Chairman Louis Gardner said: “We have voted to host the event and launch the fireworks from the harbour. People can decide where they want to view the fireworks from.

“BID pulled out as there was no way they could justify staging the event at Newquay Sports Centre to its members as it is outside the BID area. In order for BID to support the event they wanted to charge an entry fee, but the town council is against that.

“Without BID’s money we could not host the event at Newquay Sports Centre as there are three access points that need marshalling.

“There were also parking issues there and the council did not want to upset local residents. We have decided to move the display to the harbour where people are used to watching the fireworks.

“There will be no problem with parking and people are always asking the council to give businesses a boost outside the core season. Hopefully if some businesses decide to stay open later they will get a benefit. There is much better value for money staging the fireworks in the town.”

Newquay Town Council and Newquay BID stepped in to stage a community fireworks display last year following  concerns the town would be without a show after the cancellation of the annual Mermaid Inn display.

By Warren Wilkins 19th September 2018

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