Ob­jec­tions to sum­mer car­ni­val

Bray People - - DOWN THE YEARS -

SEA­SONAL car­ni­val oper­a­tors are mov­ing into Bray ev­ery sum­mer and ‘tak­ing the but­ter off the bread’ for es­tab­lished lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment ar­cades.

That’s ac­cord­ing to lo­cal Coun­cil­lor Noel Keyes, who has raised tra­di­tional ob­jec­tions to al­low­ing car­ni­val oper­a­tors set up on Bray Seafront dur­ing the sum­mer months this year.

Speak­ing at last Tues­day’s meet­ing of Bray Ur­ban Coun­cil, Cllr. Keyes said there were lo­cal businesses op­er­at­ing on the seafront 12 months of the year, pay­ing rates and charges to the coun­cil, and it was not good enough that sea­sonal oper­a­tors should be let in to take their busi­ness.

Mem­bers were de­bat­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore them from Bray Em­mets GAA Club seek­ing per­mis­sion to al­low a car­ni­val to set up on its tra­di­tional site on the town seafront for 12 weeks this year.

Op­po­si­tion to the car­ni­val was also ex­pressed by Cllr. Pat Vance who re­called that he had con­sis­tently been against al­low­ing it onto Bray Seafront down the years. Three months would be way too long to al­low them there.

On the other side of the de­bate was Cllr. Brigid Han­non who strongly sup­ported al­low­ing the car­ni­val into Bray and ar­gued that it pro­vided good value for money and en­ter­tain­ment for or­di­nary fam­i­lies dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son.

Dur­ing the same de­bate, mem­bers also unan­i­mously agreed to al­low Fos­set’s Cir­cus to set up their ‘Big Top’ on the seafront as part of the en­ter­tain­ment to be pro­vided dur­ing this year’s Bray Sea­side Fam­ily Fes­ti­val week in early July.

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