A council has opted against implementing a full road closure in their town during June’s jubilee celebrations via a majority vote after intense discussions in council chambers. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee commemorations in Cheadle are being organised by Cheadle Town Council across the national bank holiday weekend of June 2 to June 5.
A council has opted against implementing a full road closure in their town during June’s jubilee celebrations via a majority vote after intense discussions in council chambers.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee commemorations in Cheadle are being organised by Cheadle Town Council across the national bank holiday weekend of June 2 to June 5.
As previously reported by the Times & Echo, each day will have its own theme and events.
Friday, June 3 will be a charity day where organisations will be invited to set up stalls along the high street to raise much-needed funds post-pandemic.
Entertainment is also hoped to be provided and it is planned that half of the high street, up to Cross Street, will be closed to ensure resident safety.
Community group Creative Cheadle had asked for the whole of the high street to be closed so a street party could be held between Cross Street and Bourne fountain (located at the end of the high street). This suggestion was supported by several council members.
Councillors ultimately voted against this due to a full road closure costing £1,425 with many arguing that the fee would exceed the £8,500 budget set aside for the funding of the event – £1,000 of which has come via a Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) grant.
Speaking at a Cheadle Town Council committees meeting on Monday (March 7), Cllr Stephen Haines – who is leading the organisation of the celebrations – said: “Creative Cheadle have asked if they could be supported on a full road closure to enable them to put a street party on between Bourne Fountain and Cross Street.
“This obviously would not require half of the street but would require £1,425 for the full closure.
“They have proposed that they would put their own entertainment on at no cost to the council.”
He later said that, after previously speaking to Creative Cheadle, the ideas put forward by the group “are very well thought up.”
However, he listed several concerns which included the price of the full road closure taking up a significant portion of the budget.
He concluded: “I would ask councillors to consider these facts and vote on whether I should give Creative Cheadle the £1,425 for the road closure.
“I am asking this council for their decision as I believe this is a town council event and that this decision requires a more balanced view than that of my own, and other members who have been attending the working party meetings.”
Cllr Gary Bentley stated he had spoken to SMDC deputy leader Mark Deaville and mooted he would put in money from his initiative fund to get the cost of the full road closure down by several hundred pounds.
Cllr Stephen Ellis said: “It’s still a huge chunk of the budget and a considerable amount.”
Cheadle Mayor cllr Sue Walley added: “We simply cannot afford any extra for the extra road closure.
“Especially with other expenses coming in, groups coming from some distance and performing for free, all asking for a bit of petrol money.”
Cllr Alan Thomas said: “A budget is a budget. We can’t just spend more than the budget, that is wrong.”
Cllr Mark Staton, who didn’t vote on the matter due to a family member being a part of Creative Cheadle, said: “I don’t think it’s a good look to be in dispute with a community group.
“Maybe I’m being bias but I thought the Santa’s Grotto they put on (at last year’s Christmas lights switch-on event) was really popular and went really well.
“But I think as councillors, we are required to be diplomatic and careful, and we should reflect on that.”
Cllr Kate Martin commented: “It’s our event. We’ve got a budget and that’s what we’ve got. It’s a four-day event and it’s our responsibility. We’ve got to be realistic.”
Cllr Ray Wood added: “This is quite easy to sort out. If you haven’t got the money you can’t spend it.”
Councillors voted to refuse the full road closure request, with eight voting in favour of this and four abstaining due to conflict of interest.
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