Ex-Morecambe Dome site rules are ‘frightening’ says town councillor

The Bay Arena and former Dome site has been used by various entertainment groups including a circus.
The Bay Arena and former Dome site has been used by various entertainment groups including a circus.

The future use of the former Morecambe Dome site will be a hot topic at a meeting this Thursday.

Labour town councillors have criticised Lancaster City Council for a ‘first come, first served’ policy when booking out the seafront land, as well as the Bay Arena and the Midland Gardens.

Councillors David Brayshaw and Darren Clifford said they do not believe this policy creates “a diverse and vibrant entertainment season in Morecambe”.

The former Bubbles site has been hired regularly by Taylor’s Funfair since 2002 and has also been used recently for a travelling circus.

Coun Brayshaw said they want the city council to consult with Morecambe Town Council before taking bookings, so local festival organisers have a chance to book the site more often.

“They are saying that people can book it for years and years in advance, that’s the frightening thing,” he said.

Mark Davies, chief officer (environment) for Lancaster City Council, said: “When events are booked we check that they are appropriate, meet the aims of the council, comply legally and can be safely delivered. The first come first served principle is applied when an event that fits our criteria has been accepted and then someone else comes along wanting to use the same space.”

The meeting of Morecambe Town Council is at Morecambe Town Hall and starts at 7pm. All welcome.