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Village fair cancelled due to new restrictions


The Alderley Edge May Fair has been cancelled for 2024, with organisers blaming new restrictions on the village park which they said would require additional planning and infrastructure.

The annual event, which has been running since 2012, is organised by a committee of volunteers.

They said the extra requirements meant they would not have the time or resources to stage the event this year.

Local councillor Craig Browne said the issue related to damage caused to the village’s playing fields by heavy fairground equipment.

It’s understood work is now underway to try to bring event back in 2025.

In a statement posted online, a spokesperson for the May Fair said: “Regrettably, the Alderley Edge May Fair will not be taking place in 2024.

“Some new restrictions covering the use of the park have been introduced by the authorities, and this will require more infrastructure and planning.

“As a committee of volunteers, we do not have the time and resources to organise the Fair in May, so we are concentrating on 2025.”

Local organisations have expressed disappointment at the news.

A spokesperson for Alderley Edge in Bloom commented: “This is tragic and a blow to many voluntary groups who use it like us to raise funds and showcase our activities.”

Councillor Craig Browne, who is a parish and borough councillor for Alderley Edge, said no new regulations had been introduced and that the issue was damage to the park caused by fairground rides.

He said: “Cheshire East Council advised the May Fair committee four years ago that the weight and number of fairground rides was causing damage to the playing fields – in particular, the underground drainage system.

“Following last year’s event, a meeting was held with the chair of the May Fair committee, ANSA officers and myself, at which the committee were given six months to come up with a plan to bring a lower number of smaller fairground rides onto the playing fields for the 2024 event.

“Unfortunately, no such plan has been forthcoming and therefore permission could not be given for this year’s event.

“Both Cheshire East Council and Alderley Edge Parish Council will continue to work with the May Fair committee in the hope of reaching an agreement ahead of the event in 2025.”



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