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Bridgnorth and Oswestry councils could get freedom over events if restrictions are cut

Two town councils could be given the right to hold events without street trading restrictions after Shropshire councillors launched a consultation.

Cae Glas Park Music Festival in Oswestry
Cae Glas Park Music Festival in Oswestry

Severn Park, Crown Meadow, and Castle Grounds, in Bridgnorth, and Cae Glas Park in Oswestry could see restrictions that have been in place since 2018 swept away in a review.

Both the town councils in Bridgnorth and Oswestry have asked Shropshire Council for the right to make their own decisions, and members of Shropshire Council's strategic licensing committee agreed.

A public consultation exercise is set to be launched after the decision was made on Wednesday.

Mandy Beever, the Shropshire Council's transactional and licensing team manager, said there is a legal process to go through in making the changes.

But she said, in her report to the committee: "If objections are received this will come before the committee for a final decision."

The report said: "This would result in Bridgnorth Town Council and the Cae Glas Charity being able to solely manage these areas without the application of the street trading provisions.

"Enabling Bridgnorth Town Council and the Cae Glas Charity to run their own events without any street trading restrictions at a local level has clear benefits, allowing for more independent decisions on how they run events in accordance with the nature of the local area.

"Furthermore, enabling them to reinvest any money raised back into the area."

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