Morecambe fairground fears after land row

David Brayshaw.
David Brayshaw.
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A funfair boss is worried that his fairground might be forced out of Morecambe.

David Taylor, owner of Taylor’s Funfairs, is seeking clear-the-air talks after a town councillor slammed Lancaster City Council policy over hiring out land on Morecambe seafront.

Mr Taylor’s travelling fairground has operated on the former Dome and Bubbles site during the summer months since 2002.

But Morecambe town councillor David Brayshaw wants Lancaster City Council to consult with Morecambe Town Council each year before booking out public land like the Bubbles site and the Morecambe Arena. He says this will give festival organisers a chance to use the land for events.

Mr Taylor, who also owns Morecambe Superbowl, said: “I can’t understand where he’s coming from. The town seems to like the funfair. Most seaside towns have one.

“We make our plans for the year in January. We have other funfairs around the country. If someone comes along in May and says we have a festival and wants to get rid of us, we can’t plan for that. We’d have to find work elsewhere and find a town that wants us.

“But we’re happy to co-operate with anyone. There needs to be some clarity on this. I’d welcome a meeting with the gentleman.”

Coun Brayshaw had criticised the city council’s ‘first come first served’ booking policy, saying it’s “not conducive to creating a diverse and vibrant entertainment season in Morecambe”.

But at a meeting on Thursday, Coun Tricia Heath accused Coun Brayshaw of “having a direct interest” because he is also chairman of Morecambe Carnival committee and the carnival uses some of the land in question.

Coun Brayshaw said: “It has got nothing to do with Mr Taylor. All I am (asking) is that the city council discuss the bookings with the town council. I don’t understand why we can’t do that.”

After a debate, Coun Brayshaw agreed to withdraw part of a motion “expressing fears” over the city council policy.

The second part of the motion, asking the city council to consult with the town council over bookings, was passed after a vote.