• Matthew Brennan

Dunstable Fireworks Night to be revisited.

At 7pm on Monday 6th September, decisions will likely be made with regards to the future of Dunstable Town's Annual Fireworks Night.

Dunstable Town Council's Community Services Committee will be meeting within Grove House to discuss a report by the Cultural Services Manager highlighting issues with the proposed continuation of the event previously attended by thousands of Dunstable residents every year.

If you wish to attend this meeting, you're not allowed to be there in person due to Covid but you can have your say virtually via Microsoft Teams. All you have to do is email Ian.reed@dunstable.gov.uk (Mr Reed is DTC's Democratic Services Manager) and request to join the meeting by the 3rd of September.

Previously the event (Fireworks Night) was hosted at Creasey Park Recreational Ground. However, construction of a new Artificial Turf Pitch on the grounds has resulted in considerable complications in terms of hosting the event at the site.

In this coming meeting, the committee will be hearing a report detailing efforts taken by the council to locate a possible replacement site. Multiple sites have been considered but despite all efforts and site surveys having been undertaken, I do not believe a suitable substitute arena has been located. There is a previous recommendation that the council engage in a Community Fireworks Grant scheme where local community groups could theoretically apply for a grant to assist them in holding their own fireworks events. This would mean lots more professional fireworks displays throughout the town over the weekend. This is one of the suggestions I believe will be considered at Monday night's meeting.

I urge anyone with an interest in this matter to attend this meeting. I say this because public attendance at council meetings can be zero and there can often be massive amounts of information presented to councillors by hardworking council officers that you don't see represented elsewhere.

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