Traf­fic plan could see end to clas­sic car show

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On -

In­creas­ing red tape could af­fect the pop­u­lar Dar­ling Buds of May Clas­sic Car Show at Buss Farm, Bethers­den, where the hit TV show was filmed. It at­tracts hun­dreds of ve­hi­cles and thou­sands of vis­i­tors, but or­gan­is­ers say the show, on Sun­day, July 14, they may have to re­think the event.

Paul Mill, from the Rover P5 Alive Club, said: “This is the 18th year we have had the show at the farm and we have raised over £70,000 for char­ity.

“This year, for the first time, we have had to do a traf­fic man­age­ment plan for the county coun­cil. That has never been re­quested be­fore and we have never had any prob­lems.

“If this con­tin­ues, it may not be worth run­ning the show which would be a great shame as the char­i­ties would lose out.

Mr Mill feels the coun­cil in­ter­est may be be­cause there have been ob­jec­tions to plans by Buss Farm owner Si­mon Coul­son to open the venue to Dar­ling Buds fans.

This year’s show, which runs from 10am to 4pm, al­ready has 500 ve­hi­cles booked with more to come.

There will also be a chil­dren’s cor­ner with Punch & Judy, a fal­conry dis­play, fun fair, craft stalls and a farm­ers’ mar­ket.

Pro­ceeds go­ing to the Kent Air Am­bu­lance and Demelza House chil­dren’s hospice.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.dar­ling­buds­farm.co.uk

PROB­LEMS: Paul Mill

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