Traffic ban bid in town centre

PART of Driffield town centre will become a traffic no go area for THREE DAYS next summer as residents take to the streets for a massive party.

The town council is proposing to apply for a road closure order at Market Place from 12 noon on Friday July 5 to Sunday July 7.

Plans are moving ahead swiftly for a special event on the Saturday of that weekend, featuring a variety of music and entertainment for all the family.

The road closure is designed to ensure the safety of party-goers and those setting up and dismantling equipment and staging.

Coun Matt Rogers, chair of the events and entertainment committee, told a meeting of the full council that he was currently awaiting prices tor staging and lighting equipment which would be used in the Market Place.

Entertainment would start at 11am on a central stage and continue probably for 12 hours or so, ending at a time which has yet to be agreed between the police, the committee and licensing officials.

Driffield town council has previously agreed to bankroll the event to the tune of £15,000, with another £10,000 if needed.

A budget for entertainment will be considered once staging and equipment costs are known.

Coun Rogers said that once branding and publicity material had been put together, members of the events and entertainment committee would visit pub licensees in Driffield, encouraging them to stage events throughout the week.

The committee would pledge to publicise any events.

Local organisations will also be approached and asked to stage events of all kinds - from coffee mornings and tea dances to displays and exhibitions.

The committee is to meet informally over the Christmas period to discuss co-ordinating the events.