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Huge hurdle jumped for Spalding Flower Parade

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Another major milestone has been passed as plans to revive the Spalding Flower Parade ramp up a notch.

Campaigner Stephen Timewell has confirmed that South Holland District Council has given permission for the Castle Sports Complex field to be used as part of the event.

Speaking to the Spalding Guardian after receiving the news, Mr Timewell says this is a huge step in the right direction for the event, which is planned for May 6, 2023.

Stephen Timewell talks at the Spalding Flower Parade meeting (57564118)
Stephen Timewell talks at the Spalding Flower Parade meeting (57564118)

“I am over the moon as this was going to be my next big hurdle - getting approval,” he said.

“I had a meeting with the council which was very positive then it was all confirmed and booked by 6.30pm. All credit to the council. I know people slate them but they have been brilliant.”

The field will be intrinsic to the event, homing vintage cars, floats and craft stalls on the day.

After announcing the news, Mr Timewell’s £50,000 fundraiser saw more than £900 donated in the space of a few hours, taking the total to more than £3,000.

Mr Timewell has now submitted an application to Lincolnshire County Council to allow for road closures for the event.

He added: “This is what we needed really and I think people were waiting for that confirmation before they donated.

“It’s really moving in the right direction.”

Lincolnshire Police have confirmed that they will not be involved in policing the planned parade .

During last week’s packed public meeting hosted by Mr Timewell and his committee, it was suggested that the police wouldn’t be involved in the day.

Instead, Mr Timewell confirmed that security services and training had been offered by Spalding based South Lincs Security.

Speaking during the meeting, Mr Timewell said: “Jarred at South Lincs Security has been amazing and I can’t put a value on what they have given.

“It means we will have proper security, training and barriers for the event.

“I have had a meeting with Lincolnshire Police and they have said that there will not be a police presence at the event.

“It is our responsibility so we will be providing marshalls who have been trained.”

While the force has confirmed that it will not police the event, a spokeswoman added that policing teams do try to attend where possible.

She said: “We have met with the organiser. We don’t ‘police’ events.

“The responsibility for traffic management, crowd control is with the organiser.

“However, we do support and advise. Some events pay for their policing but that is the event holder’s decision.

“We do assess an event and consider any concerns regarding threat and risk.

“Local policing teams are made aware of events and they do try to attend for community engagement where possible.”

During Thursday’s meeting, it was also suggested that Long Sutton’s Men Shed had already commenced work on building a float.

However, Coun Jack Tyrrell, who helped to found the men’s group, says that this isn’t the case just yet.

“We have been asked to do a float and believe me, it will be amazing whatever it is,” he said.

“It’s actually going to be a major operation to build it and I will need to build a shed to house it in first!

“We’ve got people who can do engineering and carpentry, we’ve got the design ideas we like but we haven’t decided on what it will be yet.

“Eleven months is going to go very quickly.”

Coun Tyrrell, who sits on both the district and county councils, wants to get parish councils involved in his project as well.

Coun Tyrrell went onto say: “I want to get all of the parish councils involved - Lutton, Tydd St Mary, Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge - so that they can be a part of it on the day.

“The float can be as big as we like as long as it can fit on a low loader, so we just need to see who wants to get involved in supporting the Men’s Shed with it and go from there.”

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