Go-kart races could be held on streets of Wellington

Go-kart races could be held on the streets of Wellington after a would-be operator approached the town council asking to hold an event.

Wellington Town Council events and communication manager Caroline Mulvihill told councillors she had received an email giving “very brief details” about the proposal and exploring the possibility of closing some roads.

She said she wrote back asking about practicalities including insurance and safety measures.

Deputy mayor Paul Davis welcomed the fact that members of the public could liaise with the town council before formally applying for permission, and asked Ms Mulvihill to put the item on the agenda once more details came in.

She told the council's Events and Communications Committee that she was trying to find out more information about the plans, such as what vehicles would be used – and at what time of day the event would take place.

She said: “I had an email from a member of the public asking us to look into the possibility of holding a karting event in Wellington.

“Very very brief details, he would just like some roads closed in Wellington. The route has been given to me.

“I’ve requested what type of karts, what time of day, what marshalling, health and safety and insurance.

“That hasn’t come back in to me as yet, so I’m just waiting for more information on that one.”

Cllr Davis said the council could discuss the project in more depth when it receives details about what is proposed.

He said: “Well, it’s good that we’re able to engage with the public and take ideas on board like that. If you can feed back whatever correspondence we get, we’ll look at it when we’ve got more to consider.

“I’ve seen some of that correspondence and there’s not a huge amount to go on other than ‘We’d like to hold a go-karting event in Wellington’.”

Event licensing and road closures are handled by Telford and Wrekin Council, but town and parish councils can be asked to support applications.

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