Budget cuts put an end to Council run bonfire event

Date: 23/09/2016

Ref: PR8352

A bonfire event in Thornes Park will no longer be run by Wakefield Council.

Rising costs and huge financial pressures caused by budget cuts of over £146million, means that the Council has been forced to stop holding the event, which would have cost £35,000 this year.

A review of Wakefield Council’s events programme identified that the bonfire and firework event had the highest cost per visitor and contributed the least back into the local economy.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Sport said: “We understand that some people will be disappointed but the financial challenges we are facing mean that we can no longer continue to provide this event.

“As part of our budget setting process we listen to what residents and businesses tell us they value the most, and we are working extremely hard to ensure we continue to provide these services. However, the harsh reality is that, in order for us to do this, there are some things the Council has to stop providing.

Earlier this year the Council sought to find an organisation willing to take over the running of the bonfire event, but was unable to do so.

Cllr Shaw added: “We are always happy to talk groups or businesses who may be interested in hosting this type of event themselves in the future, and will try to offer any support we can.”