Travelling funfair gains permission to operate in Darwen

Blackburn Citizen: Travelling funfair gains permission to operate in Darwen Travelling funfair gains permission to operate in Darwen

A FUNFAIR that will open on Friday in Hollins Grove Street in Darwen does have permission to operate, it has been confirmed.

It had been suggested that the caravans that had arrived on the vacant plot of land belonged to travellers, but it has now been revealed that they belong to travelling fairground company North West Funfairs.

A spokesman for the company confirmed that they had sought permission from the landowner, and their arrival in Darwen was completely above board.

The fair will be in town from this Friday, until next Sunday, April 6, before some of the rides will move on to Witton Park in Blackburn.

Kurt Hill from North West Funfairs said: “We have got permission from the landowner, we’ve used land on many of their sites, and we had the site cleaned before we came.

“This has put a dark cloud over this event, it’s not very good for our business whatsoever.

“It is a travelling funfair, but we’re not travellers, we’re showmen.

“Everyone is welcome on the site to have a look around.

“We’re presenting all the fun of the fair, it’s not a traveller invasion.

“We’re here to give pleasure, we’re not here to upset anyone or to make any inconvenience for anyone.

“We just want to make a living and then go.”

Although this is the fair’s first visit to Darwen, the company is well established, and its rides are often seen in Bolton, where North West Funfairs is based.

Mr Hill said that all the rides have been tested and met neccessary safety standards, and that the company is covered by public liability insurance.

The rides are also checked every day before they are opened to the public.

The fair will be open from 5pm to 9pm on week nights, noon to 9pm on Saturdays, and noon to 6pm on Sundays.

Visit http://www.northwestfunfairs.co.uk/ for details.

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2:49pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Mr Banford says...

Someone has egg on their face.....
Someone has egg on their face..... Mr Banford
  • Score: 14

3:15pm Tue 25 Mar 14

rovers2008 says...

Which idiot gave permission for a funfair in such a densely populated area. Surely this has to be approved by the council and not just the owner of the land? They might have cleaned the site before they arrived but who will clean it when they've gone?
Which idiot gave permission for a funfair in such a densely populated area. Surely this has to be approved by the council and not just the owner of the land? They might have cleaned the site before they arrived but who will clean it when they've gone? rovers2008
  • Score: -18

3:27pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Frisson says...

wonder why the earlier article was removed? I wonder if the council have inspected all the rides for health and safety and also cert of confomrance for each and every one has been produced
wonder why the earlier article was removed? I wonder if the council have inspected all the rides for health and safety and also cert of confomrance for each and every one has been produced Frisson
  • Score: 4

3:39pm Tue 25 Mar 14

GracesDad says...

rovers2008 wrote:
Which idiot gave permission for a funfair in such a densely populated area. Surely this has to be approved by the council and not just the owner of the land? They might have cleaned the site before they arrived but who will clean it when they've gone?
This isn't in a densely populated area. There are a handful of houses on the otherside of the railway tracks. Who's the idiot?
[quote][p][bold]rovers2008[/bold] wrote: Which idiot gave permission for a funfair in such a densely populated area. Surely this has to be approved by the council and not just the owner of the land? They might have cleaned the site before they arrived but who will clean it when they've gone?[/p][/quote]This isn't in a densely populated area. There are a handful of houses on the otherside of the railway tracks. Who's the idiot? GracesDad
  • Score: 11

4:26pm Tue 25 Mar 14

rovers2008 says...

GracesDad wrote:
rovers2008 wrote:
Which idiot gave permission for a funfair in such a densely populated area. Surely this has to be approved by the council and not just the owner of the land? They might have cleaned the site before they arrived but who will clean it when they've gone?
This isn't in a densely populated area. There are a handful of houses on the otherside of the railway tracks. Who's the idiot?
Suggest you look on Google maps - it backs onto houses on Somerset Avue and Surrey Avenue. The address of the site is Hollins Grove Street which joins Greenway Street! Presumably you don't live anywhere near?
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rovers2008[/bold] wrote: Which idiot gave permission for a funfair in such a densely populated area. Surely this has to be approved by the council and not just the owner of the land? They might have cleaned the site before they arrived but who will clean it when they've gone?[/p][/quote]This isn't in a densely populated area. There are a handful of houses on the otherside of the railway tracks. Who's the idiot?[/p][/quote]Suggest you look on Google maps - it backs onto houses on Somerset Avue and Surrey Avenue. The address of the site is Hollins Grove Street which joins Greenway Street! Presumably you don't live anywhere near? rovers2008
  • Score: 2

4:52pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Ian the Beancounter says...

GracesDad wrote:
rovers2008 wrote:
Which idiot gave permission for a funfair in such a densely populated area. Surely this has to be approved by the council and not just the owner of the land? They might have cleaned the site before they arrived but who will clean it when they've gone?
This isn't in a densely populated area. There are a handful of houses on the otherside of the railway tracks. Who's the idiot?
So having funfairs on the station car park and the vacant plot on Duckworth Street is NOT in a densely populated area????
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rovers2008[/bold] wrote: Which idiot gave permission for a funfair in such a densely populated area. Surely this has to be approved by the council and not just the owner of the land? They might have cleaned the site before they arrived but who will clean it when they've gone?[/p][/quote]This isn't in a densely populated area. There are a handful of houses on the otherside of the railway tracks. Who's the idiot?[/p][/quote]So having funfairs on the station car park and the vacant plot on Duckworth Street is NOT in a densely populated area???? Ian the Beancounter
  • Score: 11

4:53pm Tue 25 Mar 14

GracesDad says...

rovers2008 wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
rovers2008 wrote:
Which idiot gave permission for a funfair in such a densely populated area. Surely this has to be approved by the council and not just the owner of the land? They might have cleaned the site before they arrived but who will clean it when they've gone?
This isn't in a densely populated area. There are a handful of houses on the otherside of the railway tracks. Who's the idiot?
Suggest you look on Google maps - it backs onto houses on Somerset Avue and Surrey Avenue. The address of the site is Hollins Grove Street which joins Greenway Street! Presumably you don't live anywhere near?
My grandparents lived on Somerset Avenue for most of my life. And I think you will find that the entrance to the old railway sidings to which this article pertains is about a half a mile away from the turning into Greenway Street.

As I said in my earlier post, there are a few houses on the otherside of the railway tracks but no way can you call this a densely populated area
[quote][p][bold]rovers2008[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rovers2008[/bold] wrote: Which idiot gave permission for a funfair in such a densely populated area. Surely this has to be approved by the council and not just the owner of the land? They might have cleaned the site before they arrived but who will clean it when they've gone?[/p][/quote]This isn't in a densely populated area. There are a handful of houses on the otherside of the railway tracks. Who's the idiot?[/p][/quote]Suggest you look on Google maps - it backs onto houses on Somerset Avue and Surrey Avenue. The address of the site is Hollins Grove Street which joins Greenway Street! Presumably you don't live anywhere near?[/p][/quote]My grandparents lived on Somerset Avenue for most of my life. And I think you will find that the entrance to the old railway sidings to which this article pertains is about a half a mile away from the turning into Greenway Street. As I said in my earlier post, there are a few houses on the otherside of the railway tracks but no way can you call this a densely populated area GracesDad
  • Score: 12

5:33pm Tue 25 Mar 14

hunter3062 says...

its a FUN fair, yes FUN is the word, get real everybody loves a FUN fair unless your a grumpy old fuddy duddy..oh sorry its darwen full of well fuddy duddys..
its a FUN fair, yes FUN is the word, get real everybody loves a FUN fair unless your a grumpy old fuddy duddy..oh sorry its darwen full of well fuddy duddys.. hunter3062
  • Score: 5

5:36pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

hunter3062 wrote:
its a FUN fair, yes FUN is the word, get real everybody loves a FUN fair unless your a grumpy old fuddy duddy..oh sorry its darwen full of well fuddy duddys..
Sounds like someone's just flushed the toilet!
[quote][p][bold]hunter3062[/bold] wrote: its a FUN fair, yes FUN is the word, get real everybody loves a FUN fair unless your a grumpy old fuddy duddy..oh sorry its darwen full of well fuddy duddys..[/p][/quote]Sounds like someone's just flushed the toilet! Darren1951
  • Score: 0

10:21pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Darwen Malc says...

GracesDad wrote:
rovers2008 wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
rovers2008 wrote:
Which idiot gave permission for a funfair in such a densely populated area. Surely this has to be approved by the council and not just the owner of the land? They might have cleaned the site before they arrived but who will clean it when they've gone?
This isn't in a densely populated area. There are a handful of houses on the otherside of the railway tracks. Who's the idiot?
Suggest you look on Google maps - it backs onto houses on Somerset Avue and Surrey Avenue. The address of the site is Hollins Grove Street which joins Greenway Street! Presumably you don't live anywhere near?
My grandparents lived on Somerset Avenue for most of my life. And I think you will find that the entrance to the old railway sidings to which this article pertains is about a half a mile away from the turning into Greenway Street.

As I said in my earlier post, there are a few houses on the otherside of the railway tracks but no way can you call this a densely populated area
I used to lie near there and it is NOT densely populated by any stretch of the imagination.
As Ian the Beancounter has intimated, it is far better than holding a funfair near the more densely populated area on the Station car park, which also sacrificed all the parking spaces for commuters.
And the funfair will close at 9pm, Sundays at 6pm.
So its a good solution all round.
And now we all know they are not travellers illegally occupying land, I just wish the Lancashire Telegraph would hire some decent reporters who live local, know the area, do some digging and get their facts right before printing their articles!
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rovers2008[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rovers2008[/bold] wrote: Which idiot gave permission for a funfair in such a densely populated area. Surely this has to be approved by the council and not just the owner of the land? They might have cleaned the site before they arrived but who will clean it when they've gone?[/p][/quote]This isn't in a densely populated area. There are a handful of houses on the otherside of the railway tracks. Who's the idiot?[/p][/quote]Suggest you look on Google maps - it backs onto houses on Somerset Avue and Surrey Avenue. The address of the site is Hollins Grove Street which joins Greenway Street! Presumably you don't live anywhere near?[/p][/quote]My grandparents lived on Somerset Avenue for most of my life. And I think you will find that the entrance to the old railway sidings to which this article pertains is about a half a mile away from the turning into Greenway Street. As I said in my earlier post, there are a few houses on the otherside of the railway tracks but no way can you call this a densely populated area[/p][/quote]I used to lie near there and it is NOT densely populated by any stretch of the imagination. As Ian the Beancounter has intimated, it is far better than holding a funfair near the more densely populated area on the Station car park, which also sacrificed all the parking spaces for commuters. And the funfair will close at 9pm, Sundays at 6pm. So its a good solution all round. And now we all know they are not travellers illegally occupying land, I just wish the Lancashire Telegraph would hire some decent reporters who live local, know the area, do some digging and get their facts right before printing their articles! Darwen Malc
  • Score: 12

10:22pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Darwen Malc says...

Sorry, Live not lie!
Sorry, Live not lie! Darwen Malc
  • Score: 2

11:05pm Mon 31 Mar 14

bluetit says...

I would like to know whether their food wagons have been inspected and that they have paid their thousand pound licence fee
I would like to know whether their food wagons have been inspected and that they have paid their thousand pound licence fee bluetit
  • Score: 0

3:59pm Mon 7 Apr 14

miowdfruit says...

bluetit wrote:
I would like to know whether their food wagons have been inspected and that they have paid their thousand pound licence fee
Yes they were and if you had any understanding of fairground operation you would know the answer to the licence fee query.
[quote][p][bold]bluetit[/bold] wrote: I would like to know whether their food wagons have been inspected and that they have paid their thousand pound licence fee[/p][/quote]Yes they were and if you had any understanding of fairground operation you would know the answer to the licence fee query. miowdfruit
  • Score: 0

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