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Historic Stockport carnivals to be scrapped over rising costs and red tape
28 May 2014 04:06 PM By Alex Scapens
Two major events go ahead for the final time after council withdraws free staff and says organisers must foot insurance bill
carnival.
The two major carnivals in Stockport are set to be scrapped because of council-imposed costs and problems with red tape.
Stockport Carnival has thrilled crowds for more than a century and raises thousands of pounds for charity.
But it will now take place for the last time at Woodbank Park on Saturday, July 26.
The final Hazel Grove Carnival will take place at Torkington Park on July 19.
Organisers say they are devastated but blame a lack of committee members and a rise in costs.
In previous years, council park staff have been provided for free - but now they must be hired for £1,000.

The council also no longer provides insurance or safety officers to check rides and stalls.
Neil Cork, 48, from the Stockport Carnival organising committee, said the extra costs were too much to bear.
He said: “We are going to go ahead this year but this will be the last. There is extra red tape and costs are going up and up.
“It is with regret because the carnival is a brilliant event but taking the park staff away was the final straw.
"We tried to explain to the council but they say they won’t support us.
“I am gutted, these were by far the two biggest events in Stockport, but we can’t just blame the council - there is also a lack of committee members.”
Stockport Carnival, which has a parade from Heaton Norris that ends in a fun day at Woodbank Park, regularly attracts 15,000 to 20,000 visitors and last year raised £5,000 for charity.
Hazel Grove Carnival began in 1977, usually attracting 2,000 to 3,000 people.
Last year it raised around £4,000 for charity.
Vice chairman David Wilman is among a large number of committee members retiring this year. He says no one has stepped forward as replacements.
He said fundraising is also becoming harder as pubs in Hazel Grove close and there are increased costs.
David, 52, said: “We have done it for seven years and had to retire, but no one has come forward to take it on.
“Council costs and red tape are another factor. It was a very tough decision.”
Stockport council said it regretted the carnival closures.
A spokesman said: “We very much regret having to withdraw some support from these events and are committed to working with local groups to make their activities as easy to deliver as possible.