Strong opposition to suggestions to charge for cones and traffic advice at community events
TRADITIONAL Cornish events could be at risk if Cornwall Council goes ahead with plans to charge for traffic management at community events, Hayle Town Council has said.
On Thursday, councillors agreed to object to plans for not-for-profit groups to be charged for the service.
"The whole thing is totally and absolutely against the social fabric and character of this county," said Councillor Rob Lello.
Cornwall Council said providing signage and professional advice for events was costing up to £175,000 a year since the police stopped doing it last year.
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Its proposed new charging regime would leave some small community and charitable events with fees running into hundreds of pounds.
Mayor Jayne Ninnes said this was another example of the council shifting costs on to non-profit organisations and town councils.
"Hayle Town Council strongly object to Cornwall Council's proposals to introduce the charging structure for charitable events run by not-for-profit organisations where there is no, or a nominal, entry fee," she said.
"We believe this will put in jeopardy some of the long-held cultural traditions and events that are central to the fabric of Cornish life."
Organisers of a small carnival or fête would pay £80 for the event application and temporary traffic management order, and £50 for no-waiting cones. Not-for-profit organisations, charities and town councils would pay the same as a commercial promoter.
Cornwall Council said: "Cuts in government funding mean resources are limited.
"It is important to note that this is a consultation and we are seeking the views of town and parish councils, event organisers and others."
A decision would be made after consultation responses were considered.