Circus go-ahead despite concerns

THE circus will be allowed on Five Acre Field as a one-off but residents say their concerns about noise and safety still stand.

The decision was made at Eastbourne Town Hall on Thursday (June 28) by the borough council licensing committee after the council made an application to hold the town’s annual circus on the field instead of Princes Park because it had double booked Princes Park with a big screen for the Olympics.

The original application asked for permission to hold many different types of events on the field but after scores of residents raised concerns they changed it to a one-off for the circus.

However, many living in the area said they did not want the circus on the field and they raised their concerns at the meeting.

David Egalton, a resident in quiet Middleton Drive, said, “You can sit in your garden on a summer evening and not hear anyone else’s television or music which is why we have such concerns over this application.”

Resident Fred Pitcher said a proper risk assessment had not been done and he was concerned about the safety of children.

He said, “The attraction of large numbers to the field, the provision of alcohol over a long period could obviously cause problems for children.

“The river and uneven surface would in my view be a constant source of danger to children.”

Sovereign Ward Councillor Philip Ede said he was ‘staggered’ no risk assessment was done and Tory leader Councillor David Elkin said the application ‘failed to address the concerns of residents’.

However, Cllr Neil Stanley said, “Following the licensing committee meeting to discuss placing the circus on Five Acre Field, the council has taken on board the concerns expressed by residents and the new conditions imposed on the event and will now decide how best to proceed.”

r The Moscow State Circus will be at Five Acre Field from Thursday, August 2 to Tuesday, August 7.