Theie pledge comes regardless of Harrogate Borough Council’s dedication to carry a significant festive occasion this yr with a brand new set of organisers in a distinct city centre location.
The council believes it was confronted with no selection however to refuse a licence for the Christmas Market’s standard location ar Montpellier Hill after a decade of success there due to the recommendation it acquired from emergency providers in North Yorkshire about perceived weaknesses of the location when it comes to counter-terrorism safety and Covid security.
One of many unique workforce of organisers, Brian Dunsby OBE confirmed to the Harrogate Advertiser that it was right to say that they have been now planning to use to carry again the right Harrogate Christmas Market in 2022 however that they recognised that the council was not going to let their market occur this yr.
In full: The newest assertion from Harrogate Christmas Market organisers Brian L Dunsby, OBE, Organiser; Beryl Dunsby, Director; Steve Scarre, Chair
“We’re very sorry to announce that the deliberate ninth Harrogate Christmas Market as a result of be held on 18th-Twenty first November 2021 has needed to be cancelled as a result of the Council is not going to problem a licence for it.
“Harrogate Borough Council Executives is not going to meet us to debate the problems they’ve recognized in our 2021 Occasion Plan for the Christmas Market to be held on the Montpellier web site regardless of our varied requests to take action.
Their representatives did meet us, however they’d not enter into dialogue nor supply any sensible options.
“The Council has nonetheless haven’t detailed their causes for refusal of a licence for this location, when it has been held very efficiently on this web site for the previous eight years. We now have now seen the responses of the emergency providers and we sincerely consider that we may have overcome all their reservations. Likewise, now we have now seen the detailed responses from the Licensing Staff and from their exterior consultants and once more we felt that we may have overcome most, if not fairly all of their reservations, given the chance and time to take action.
“We now have despatched the Council a choice of the various emails acquired from Market Merchants and Coach Operators expressing their disappointment on the Council’s refusal to permit the standard Harrogate Christmas Market to be held once more on our standard Montpellier Hill web site this yr.
“One in all our Merchants says: “I have no idea of any Christmas Market in a city that has the world fenced off and searches folks getting into. Absolutely fencing the world off would improve the chance of crushing if the world needed to be cleared rapidly, folks being compelled to go away by a restricted variety of exits. Underneath the present open plan format the world may very well be cleared rapidly. The city centre would not be any safer, has a number of entry factors, you’ll be able to’t put fencing around the city centre and search everybody getting into. The city centre has much less accessibility for emergency automobiles particularly when there are marquees and gazebos on web site.
“The Council are damaging native companies and small artisan makers/stallholders who’re struggling to recuperate after Covid. The “store small store native” is an enormous factor nonetheless and the Nationwide Press like a narrative that reveals the “little man” (or on this case little companies) being bullied by an unfair council.”
“The small different occasion that the Council is arranging within the City Centre in December will under no circumstances compensate for the lack of commerce for our many native companies – or for the loyal Market Merchants who are actually feeling rejected by Harrogate, regardless of our greatest efforts to accommodate them safely.
“The Council Executives have made it fairly clear that they won’t rethink their choice to withhold a licence for the Montpellier Hill location for 2021 it doesn’t matter what we may have carried out to fulfill their considerations. It’s now most likely too late for us to contact all of our Merchants and Contractors once more.
“We’re already contemplating our place with regard to an utility for 2022 and/or 2023.”