I've just found out that NCC has refused use of the Council House for the 2010 East Midlands Vegan Festival. They have said that it causes too much 'wear and tear' on the building. Hmmm.
Organisers have tried to look at other options including holding it in the Market Square but none of the dates requested "have found favour with the Council".
As a result there is unlikely to be an EMVF this year and in future years it looks likely that it will be held elsewhere in the region.
I can't help wondering if the problem is that it's not the 'right' type of event rather than the BS excuse that's been given. Animal rights activists? People with dreadlocks? That will never do.
Isn't that what you pay the hire fee for i.e. for cleaning and general maintenance of the venue etc? Is NCC refusing* use of the Council House for all other similar sized events? I think we should be told.
Update - perhaps we might be.
Although vegans are a relatively small constituency the organisers unashamedly aim the event at the wider public as well as preaching to the converted. It is mostly a trade based festival rather than political/campaigning and provides an opportunity for local companies to promote their vegan goods. It's an event with national significance for vegans and will be a significant loss for Nottingham.
* NCC's website gives some indication of the types of events it accepts or declines at the Council House here.
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