Organisers of Bournemouth’s Thai Food Festival fear council is giving them the “cold-shoulder” (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Organisers of Bournemouth’s Thai Food Festival fear council is giving them the “cold-shoulder”
THE organisers of a Thai Food Festival that has been held in Bournemouth Square for the past four years fear they are being cold-shouldered by the council.
The event, which takes place over a weekend and showcases Thai food, sports and culture, has not yet managed to secure a slot for next year.
And organisers fear the worst after being told by town centre Roger Parker, right, they do not want events in the Square during peak season and on bank holiday weekends.
His email to them stated: “The reason for this is a practical one in avoiding congestion in the area when the town will most likely be at its busiest.
“There is also the view that in the interests of the visitors that the town ought to be attractive in its own merits at these times and any major events may conflict with the visitors’ experience.
“Our whole endeavour for the past few years has been to relieve the Square of its over-use and develop alternative attractive spaces that can accommodate events comfortably, for example the Triangle and the Waterfront area and very soon Horseshoe Common will also be available.”
But Nigel Gillespie, who helps with the Thai Food Festival, questioned whether these rules would be applied to all events, including those run or backed by the council.
This year, the Square has hosted 185 events and bookings already confirmed for next year include the Arts Festival by the Sea, the new Wheels Festival, Army Recruiting and 1st Bournemouth Scouts. The Square is also used during the Air Festival.
Mr Gillespie said:“We have not seen any policy document and if one does exist than the ruling should apply to everyone.
“You cannot say to one group that events cannot be held in the Square and then continue to book others because it suits them. It totally contradicts the policy.”
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