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Carnival parade under threat due to traffic concerns

Scenes like this from a previous Todmorden Carnival parade might become a thing of the past due to safety concerns caused by traffic along the route

Scenes like this from a previous Todmorden Carnival parade might become a thing of the past due to safety concerns caused by traffic along the route

The future of the Todmorden Carnival parade is in doubt due to safety concerns along the route.

Carnival committee chairman Philip Clarke fears he may have to cancel the parade due to safety fears if the committee no longer receives support from local police officers to assist with traffic management.

Mr Clarke said: “In previous years they have been at the front of the parade to stop vehicles coming out of junctions and any traffic coming down the road.

“Now we’ll have to put our lives at risk walking on the road with the parade and getting vehicles to stop.

“But there will be idiots in cars who will try to get through.

“In my eyes, it’s a safety risk.

“It would also be an extra expense if we have to employ traffic management people.

“It’s putting things in jeopardy.”

Chief Inspector Viv Cutbill, of Calderdale Police, encouraged Mr Clarke to get in touch and discuss the matter.

“Engaging with our communities is very important to us and we will continue to support local events such as carnivals.

“Regarding road closures, legally these have never been the responsibility of the police.

“Whilst in the past officers may have assisted with these as a voluntary ‘good will’ gesture, it is sadly no longer possible for us to do this as we cannot guarantee we can keep the necessary units there to maintain a closure.

“If there was an emergency for example, they would probably have to be withdrawn, making it impractical for the carnival to continue at all if reliance was placed solely on the police.”

 

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