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News Archive > General > Council flying in the face of our business, say traders

Council flying in the face of our business, say traders

By Rachel Spurgeon 16th August 2006

CLUBS AND entertainers across Newquay say business is dropping – thanks to Restormel’s new flyering ban.

Flyering is now banned in streets and car parks in Newquay town centre, unless the material relates to charity, religion or politics.

If caught, organisations face a £75 on-the-spot fine and their licence revoked for five years if they offend a second time. The council has used new legislation to introduce the ban.

Barry Oakley of Serco, the council’s private partner in street cleaning, said: "Flyers have been a problem for some time, and have presented an acute litter problem in Newquay. There have been numerous and justified complaints over the past year or so. This will lead hopefully to a cleaner, more pleasant Newquay."

But many of the town’s entertainment operators do not agree. Forbidden from giving out leaflets in the town centre, operators are trying to find new ways to market events.

Tony Townsend of Berties nightclub says pubs and clubs are being unfairly targeted, and will be forced to find new promotion methods.

He said: "This is going to be bad for business – we are not in the town centre and we need to promote ourselves. Once again they seem to be targeting just clubs and pubs, not takeaways. It’s anything they can do to stop us promoting our businesses."

"It is only for four weeks in the year this really affects the town. This ban will just cause large numbers of people to congregate in the town centre."

He added: "This is a holiday resort and people want to know what is on.”

Paul Carpenter of Paulo’s Circus Americano, currently performing near Morrisons, says the flyering ban is the latest in a series of council measures which have had a ‘catastrophic’ effect on business. After a seven year run, the attraction has said that it may stay away next summer.

Paul said: "The circus relies on giving out discount tickets in the town centre. We select families and talk to them first to make sure they want tickets so there is very little waste."

"It has been one thing after another. First Restormel took our posters down, then this, then we decided to go round town in a van with music and a microphone. But the police stopped us."

"Other methods don’t have the same effect. Business is right down."

He added: "We’ve come to rely on Newquay as a place to come every year for a fantastic summer. We feel there is not a lot for families to do in the evening and we have tried to give something back with charity performances.

“It’s a shame we are being victimised – it isn’t like this anywhere else we go. The council is making it very difficult for us to come back, and we may well stay away next year."

By Rachel Spurgeon 16th August 2006

Seham 13th February 2012 00:14
luck to Will Raymond in his run for Chapel Hill Town Council. At least, he shluod be able to prevent parking issues from
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