Agenda item

Agenda item

2016/17 Events Update

Report of the Cultural Services Team Manager


The Cultural Services Team Manager presented the report to Members and provided an update on each event.


Councillor M B Wyatt left the meeting for the consideration of Picnic in the Park.


Proms/Picnic in the Park Saturday 11/Sunday 12 June - to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday

The Cultural Services Team Manager advised Members that the weekend was already a busy weekend within the district with many other events taking place. He ran through the planned events and reported that Aggregate Industries were financially supporting the event and 6 local Primary Schools were participating in painting giant art boards


Councillor M B Wyatt returned to the meeting.


Coalville by the Sea

Members were advised that the event would now be held on Friday, 19 August to avoid a clash with a Belvoir Shopping Centre event.


Christmas Lights Switch On Event

Members were advised that as the District Council no longer provided support to the Ashby event, the Coalville event could now be held on the same day, Saturday, 3 December. This would also alleviate criticism that November was too early for a Christmas event. The Cultural Services Team Manager informed Members that it was proposed to offer the 5 free parking Saturdays on 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 December.


Councillor J Legrys advised the meeting that he had received a few complaints from residents in the area of the town centre about the firework display upsetting their pets and rather than fireworks, could a laser light show be considered. He stated that he appreciated that lasers would be more expensive.


The Head of Community Services stated that he had been made aware of the concerns raised and officers had looked into costings for a laser show. He advised Members that they had obtained a quote, but stressed that the Authority had no direct experience of the quality of the displays and that the bigger the show the bigger the cost.


The Cultural Services Team Manager advised Members that the cost of a multi colour laser show would be £2,000 with the option of add on packages for between £800 to £1,000. He advised that the firework display usually cost £1,200.


Councillor N Clarke stated that even though he had sympathy for pet owners, the firework display was popular.


Councillor D Everitt stated that the residents knew when the display was happening so they could protect their pets, which was easier than protecting them against people setting of random fireworks.


Councillor J Geary stated that the firework display was a scheduled event with wide publicity therefore residents knew when it was taking place.


Councillor M Specht stated that the laser display may be more difficult to arrange as the town was within the flight path of East Midlands Airport and therefore the airport would need to be consulted on any display.


Members agreed to stay with the firework display.


St Georges Day

Members were advised that the flags would be put up on Friday, 22 April 2016.




1.    The 2016/17 Events progress update be noted.




1.  The Christmas Lights Switch On Event be proposed for Saturday, 3 December 2016.


2.    The Free Car Parking Saturdays be every Saturday in December (3/10/17/24/31).


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