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Police presence at fair to ease community concerns

Matt Taylor is reporting from the Appleby Fair Credit: ITV Border

Police say they have 200 officers working at the Appleby Fair. They also have help from the Council, fire service and RSPCA. It's hoped the police presence will ease concerns from communities.

"The community had concerns in areas like Kirkby Stephen and the Appleby golf club where there was a build up of people." - Sean Robinson, Police Superintendent

Appleby fair has begun today, 5th June Credit: ITV Border

More caravans 'than usual' head to Appleby

People have been queuing since 5.30am Credit: ITV Border

There are more caravans than usual heading to Appleby Fair, according to organisers.

Robin Hooper, Chief Executive of Eden District Council has said that despite the increase in these vehicles, contingency plans have been made to increase the number of access points to improve road safety.

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RSPCA ask owners not to bring dogs to Appleby Fair

People are being urged not to take their dogs to Appleby Horse Fair. Credit: PA

People are being urged not to take their dogs to Appleby Horse Fair.

The RSPCA says it is not the place for them as they don't mix well with horses and in previous years dogs have had to be rescued from hot cars.

They are also reminding people that it is illegal to buy and sell animals at the fair.

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Keeping the Appleby Fair 'trouble free'

With just two days to go until the biggest gypsy gathering of the year - travellers from all over Europe have been arriving in Appleby.

Nearly thirty thousand people are expected to attend this year's horse fair - an event that often makes the headlines for the wrong reasons as well as the right ones.

Pam Royle spoke to the Chief Executive of Eden District Council, Robin Hooper, who's been involved in the preparations this year.

Police work with communities ahead of Horse Fair

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Working with communities throughout the year for the annual Appleby Horse Fair http://t.co/AkFONF8erq

Cumbria Police say they've been working through the year with communities, ahead of the Appleby Horse Fair.

Community group meetings are held for Cumbria Police to address the people's concerns and find resolution ahead of the fair.

However, it was felt like there had been few transit sites provided on the A66 in Upper Eden.

The full report can be found here.

Services set for Appleby Fair

Eden District Council is preparing for the start of Appleby Horse Fair, which runs from the 5th - 11th June. The Cumbrian town, which has a population of 2500 people, will reportedly see over 20,000 attend the gathering.

  • On street drinking will be allowed to take place on The Sands area of Appleby from 12.00 - 6pm until the road closure is reopened. Certain pubs will also have outside drinking areas, which can be identified by outdoor barriers.
  • Establishments will serve alcohol between 12pm to 11pm
  • Off Licences will serve alcohol until 10pm
  • Restaurants and takeaways will close at 11pm.
  • Street cleaning teams will work to keep the town tidy from 6am - 7pm Monday - Thursday.
  • 39 extra bins will be provided at the Fair. People are encouraged to dispose of their litter sensibly.

"A great deal of preparation has gone into the planning of this year’s Fair to help people enjoy the event safely. This work includes pubs and off licenses signing up to the Voluntary Appleby Licensing Charter and having the street cleansing operation in place throughout the Fair, so that impact of this event on the local community is minimized as much as possible.”

– Robin Hooper, Eden District Council’s Chief Executive

Stopping points planned for Appleby Fair

Temporary stopping points have been organised along routes to the Appleby Fair.

South Lakeland District Council will also be patrolling areas to check for litter 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 stopping points are available from Tuesday 27 May, to Thursday 5 June, and following the fair from Monday, 9 June to Friday, 13 June, at the following locations:

  • Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Middleton Common, near Sedbergh
  • Rawthey Bridge, Cautley, near Sedbergh
  • Scrogg Bank, Sedbergh

“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.’’

– SLDC Principal Street Scene Officer, Neil Meakins

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