An illegal Horse Fair is being held on land off Woodhouse Way in Nuthall this weekend.
Anna has spoken to the land owner (a Birmingham based property company) which had no knowledge of the event until contacted by a local resident. The organisers are staging the Fair for the travelling community; they do not have permission to hold the event and on that basis Anna believes it to be unlawful. However, although the land owners have instructed their solicitors, at this late stage the event cannot be stopped. Given it is private land, this is not a police matter.
Anna is deeply saddened and concerned that a number of shops, pubs and restaurants in the Nuthall area will be closed due to the event. Every business has a right to trade within the law and everyone has the right to be able to use a shop, restaurant or pub. Broxtowe’s most senior police officer Inspector Simon Riley has assured Anna that he has no greater concern for anyone’s safety than he would in similar circumstances – for example a rave or music festival involving an influx of thousands of people.
Accordingly, Inspector Riley has told Anna the police are NOT advising business to close this weekend.
However, the police and Nottinghamshire County Council do have concerns about the large numbers of extra vehicles in the area and Anna shares their concern in what is an already congested part of the constituency.
This morning some 50 vehicles were on the field. The event finishes on Sunday and the organisers say the site (which includes portaloos) will be cleared by Monday.
Given there is currently an election period, Anna would urge everyone to be alert to candidates making exaggerated claims and exploiting the situation for political gain.
“Inspector Riley assures me no community enjoys special favours – his duty is to our local community and keeping people safe and our roads accessible is his priority.” Said Anna.