Residents in Kirkby Lonsdale are being invited to a series of drop-in meetings so they can learn more about arrangements around this year’s Appleby Horse Fair.
The annual horse fair runs from June 5-11, attracting around 10,000 gypsies and travellers as well as up to 30,000 visitors, transforming the town of Appleby.
South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) works with partner organisations, including the county council, police and neighbouring local authorities, to manage the migration of gypsies and travellers through the district on their way to and from the fair.
SLDC staff organise temporary stopping point sites for both traditional ‘bowtop’ caravans and motorised caravans along routes to Appleby.
In addition, SLDC enforcement officers and police officers will be undertaking daily ‘verge patrols’ to check for any litter problems on roads and to ensure that motorised caravans are not parking anywhere other than the temporary stopping points (bowtops are allowed to camp on the roadside).
The temporary stopping points in South Lakeland are available until Thursday, June 5, and following the fair from Monday, June 9 to Friday, June 13 at Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, as well as at sites in Sedbergh.
SLDC principal street scene officer Neil Meakins said: “Through our arrangements leading up to and during the fair we want to ensure the movement of Gypsies and Travellers through the district is safe and enjoyable for everyone and to reduce the impact on the environment.
“The drop-in meetings that start this month are an opportunity for residents in South Lakeland communities to speak to SLDC officers regarding any concerns, issues or ideas relating to the horse fair arrangements.”
A ‘Pre-Fair’ drop-in event has already been held in Kirkby Lonsdale and a three-week series of daily meetings in Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh in the run up to, during and after the horse fair starts this week.
All meetings are between 10am and 11am at Lunesdale Hall in Kirkby Lonsdale on May 29 and 31 and June 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12.
There will also be a ‘Post-Fair’ debrief drop-in on July 8 at Lunesdale Hall, from 4pm to 7pm.
Anyone who can’t make the drop-in meetings but would like to raise any issues can contact the streetcare team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 01539 733333.
For more information about Appleby Horse Fair visit www.applebyfair.org.