Tory Suggests Levy On Appleby Horse Fair

24 October 2018, 07:07 | Updated: 24 October 2018, 07:08

Appleby Horse Fair

The Tories in Cumbria reckon gypsies and travelers should help with the costs that come hand-in-hand with the Appleby Horse Fair.

The Tories in Cumbria reckon gypsies and travelers should help with the costs that come hand-in-hand with the Appleby Horse Fair.

South Lakes councillor James Airey claims £213,000 of public money was spent on making sure this year's traditional gathering ran smoothly.

More than a third of that was for policing.

The Westmorland Conservatives are doing a survey on what locals think, adding music festivals already pay similar charges.

Councillor James Airey said: “This year many people I have spoken to in areas affected by the Appleby Horse Fair have mentioned the idea of a charge to enable its costs to be met by Fairgoers and the money, which public services spend each year, to be redirected to the benefit of local communities.

“It’s currently the case that music festivals and other large outdoor events pay a charge towards policing, council and other services but the Appleby Horse Fair is paid for entirely out the local public purse. As just one example, a charge could help to ensure policing around the event can be increased when necessary and reimbursed to the county.

“The Horse Fair is part of our county’s cultural heritage and levying a charge would bring practical challenges. That is why I am keen to hear from people what their views on a charge are and how they would like to see it work.”