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Oswestry Balloon Carnival

For clarification the proposal considered by Council on Wednesday evening put forward by the events organising committee included, weather permitting, 4 balloon launches with up to 30 balloons from different locations in the town across the August bank holiday weekend and a virtual nightglow.

The budget required to run this event would have been up to £7,000 - the majority to cover the cost of the gas for the balloons and would only be used in the event of good flying conditions.

The Mayor of Oswestry Councillor Duncan Kerr said "The Council recognises that this is a very a successful event which has considerable benefits for the town of Oswestry. The two carnivals held in Cae Glas Park have been extremely popular and have been delivered by a successful and valued partnership. It was the decision of the Council that it couldn't invest the potential £7,000 in the event in 2020 as it felt that a revised socially distancing version did not provide adequate benefits when balanced against the risks and potential costs. The Council has offered to provide sites for balloonists to fly from on the Bank Holiday weekend should they wish to subject to the necessary health and safety measures. The Council recognise the significant work that all partners put into the Carnival and thank them for putting the proposal forward at the seminar."

Friday 26 June 2020

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