Erewash residents are being asked for their views on a request from the Showmen’s Guild to extend Ilkeston Charter Fair by one day.
The fair currently runs from Wednesday tea-time through to Saturday night, but the Guild wants to see Sunday as the final day, opening between 1pm and 9pm.
Erewash Borough Council has now opened a consultation on the proposal and is keen to hear the views of the public. The Fair’s Royal Charter, originally granted in 1252, means the council cannot decide to simply extend the event and must follow a legal process that requires the Home Secretary, currently Sajid Javid, to approve any change.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“The Home Secretary will only grant an extension of the fair if he believes that the change is for the convenience and advantage of the public. He would expect us to have asked local people for their views and for the responses to be included in any approach to him. That is why it is important that residents tell us their thoughts – do you want to see Ilkeston Charter Fair open on Sunday or is it something you would be against?”
The 12-week public consultation is already underway and is open until 10am on Friday 15 February with the results taken to a meeting of Council Executive for consideration before being sent to Full Council for approval or otherwise.