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WATCH: Concerns over circus coming to town

WATCH: Concerns over circus coming to town

Published at 6:03am 5th October 2016. (Updated at 6:18pm 5th October 2016)

A circus has stopped off in Harrogate. but not everyone is happy about its arrival.

It's been set up on the Crowberry Drive playing fields in Jennyfield and some people say the area is unsuitable for such a big event.

Vehicles arrived late on Sunday night and in the early hours of Monday morning.

Local resident Mark Leaver tells Stray FM why the circus should have gone elsewhere:


Harrogate Borough Council has responded to the concerns raised by Mr Leaver.

Councillor Michael Harrison, Cabinet Member for Waste Reduction and Recycling, said: "The council agreed that this small circus could visit Harrogate, and they will be moving on to Ripon next week. This is the first time we have agreed for a circus to visit this location, and we are keen to learn any lessons and understand if it was a success - both from a resident and an organiser perspective. They were in Knaresborough last week and many positive comments have been received about their visit.

"We certainly need to ensure residents are aware of events like this before they arrive, and it was clearly unacceptable for vehicles to arrive late in the evening. The owners apologised and agreed that this will not happen within the district in the future.

"We are developing an enviable reputation for the variety of events that are held within the district, and we are keen to ensure that they are easily accessible to different communities. As such, we are trying locate events in different locations across the district, rather than just using the Stray in Harrogate which has its own restrictions on the type and number of events that can be held.

"I observed the event take place on Tuesday evening, and there were no issues with traffic, and the noise levels were acceptable. The site was quiet by 9pm.

"We are keen to host events which can be enjoyed by everyone and will work to ensure disruption to local residents is kept to a minimum."

On social media, some people have leapt to the defence of the new circus. 

Here are some of the many comments left on Stray FM's Facebook page

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