Chorley Carnival park repairs will be paid by council

Stunt rider Jez Avery was among the attractions at Astley Park for the carnival
Stunt rider Jez Avery was among the attractions at Astley Park for the carnival
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Chorley Council has revealed it will cost £1,600 to repair the damage from Chorley Carnival - but it is willing to waive the money entirely.

Damage was caused to Astley Park by site traffic and an area will have to be re-turfed after damage by diesel or oil.

The committee had paid a £4,000 bond in advance and agreed to pay reinstatement costs in a deal with the council, which said it spent £10,000 on repairs after last year’s rain-hit carnival.

Now the council say the entire £4,000 bond can be returned – providing the carnival committee give the money to charity.

Coun Alistair Bradley, council leader, said: “We know the carnival committee did their best to keep damage to a minimum and as a goodwill gesture the council will absorb this within our existing budgets rather than take it out of the £4,000 bond that the organisers had secured prior to the event.

“We’re doing this because, as well as providing a great community event, we know that the carnival aims to raise money for charity. As the £4,000 bond has not been used, it would be great for everyone to see it added to the other money that will be donated to local charities.

“Going forward, we will be talking to the carnival group in the next few weeks about next year’s event because some of the confusion that occurred in the run up to the carnival this year was not acceptable.

“We need to make sure that everything is agreed this year for next year’s event and we will keep everyone updated with the decisions made.”

Paul Wilkins, carnival committee chairman, said efforts had been made to protect the ground from damage over the carnival weekend.

He said the committee could now start giving money to charities. The Legacy Rainbow House and Chorley Fibromyalgia And Chronic Pain Support will receive £1,000 each, while £500 will go to other local charities.

He said more money could be handed out once the accounts are finalised.

Paul said: “I want to thank Chorley Council for assisting by covering the cost on this occasion.”