Council rules out Castle Hill fireworks view

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'The fireworks light up the Lancaster skyline
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'The fireworks light up the Lancaster skyline

COUNCIL chiefs have ruled out reinstating Castle Hill as a viewing area for Lancaster fireworks displays – despite public anger and opposition from businesses – after spectators were banned from the site last year.

But Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce has suggested a limited number of tickets could be sold to allow VIPs to view fireworks from the Castle, as a way of generating extra revenue.

Lancaster City Council, which said it had no plans to charge for viewing the display, cited health and safety fears as the reason for prohibiting access to Castle Hill last November.

And it has not changed its stance, despite its publication of a report covering the results of consultation surveys following the 2010 Fireworks Spectacular, which showed that less than half of people questioned were positive about the event.

Pub licensee Tim Tomlinson said the city centre had “lost a lot of atmosphere”.

See the Lancaster Guardian (21-07-11) for full story.