High Street carnival route saved – thanks to Williams & Griffin

THIS year’s Colchester Carnival procession will be going down the High Street – despite fears it might have to be re-routed.

A diversion seemed likely because the street was to be closed on carnival day, Saturday, July 19, to allow a giant crane to carry out work as part of the Williams & Griffin department store revamp.

Essex County Council had already agreed to the road closure to accomodate the 350- tonne crane when Colchester Council sanctioned the procession on the same day.

Williams & Griffin is in the middle of a £30million refurb, but has saved the day, by putting off the crane’s visit until the following weekend.

Wille Gee’s managing director, Carl Milton, said: “When we were notified of the clash of dates, we were eager not to spoil people’s enjoyment of the carnival.

“Having consulted our principal contractor, McAlpine, and the borough and county councils, we are pleased to have been able to reschedule the road closure to July 25-27.”

Carnival organisers have now resubmitted their own road closure application but do not expect any more problems.

John Godfrey, chairman, said: “I’m really confident it’s all systems go. We are just waiting for the final approval from the council.”

Martin Hunt, councillor responsible for street services, said: “I am delighted the matter has been resolved and look forward to the prospect of a very exciting carnival day.”

The council has thanked all parties for their co-operation, and particularly Williams & Griffin.

Since 2011, the revived carnival has been organised by Colchester Round Table and Colchester Ladies’ Circle.

The procession usually starts in Circular Road North and heads along Butt Road, Headgate, Head Street and High Street, ending up in Castle Park.

Faced with the High Street closure, organisers had planned an alternative route,

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8:44am Wed 14 May 14

romantic says...

Maybe Williams & Griffin should run the council, I'm sure they could make a better fist of it. The council's initial solution to this was to run the carnival down North Hill and into the Dutch Quarter, which could have been spectacular to observe from a distance as several dozen trucks try to turn around.... But anyway, good to know it's been sorted out.
Maybe Williams & Griffin should run the council, I'm sure they could make a better fist of it. The council's initial solution to this was to run the carnival down North Hill and into the Dutch Quarter, which could have been spectacular to observe from a distance as several dozen trucks try to turn around.... But anyway, good to know it's been sorted out. romantic
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8:57am Wed 14 May 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Common sense has prevailed. Willie Gs knew about this well ahead of them booking their crane. It is only right that they should have acknowledged their mistake and backed down.
Common sense has prevailed. Willie Gs knew about this well ahead of them booking their crane. It is only right that they should have acknowledged their mistake and backed down. Jess Jephcott
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9:40am Wed 14 May 14

suzywright says...

Thank you Mr Fenwick for saving the day - what would we have done without you? Call me cynical but I doubt this would have happened if it would have meant additional costs to W&G in delays.
Thank you Mr Fenwick for saving the day - what would we have done without you? Call me cynical but I doubt this would have happened if it would have meant additional costs to W&G in delays. suzywright
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10:18am Wed 14 May 14

Simon Taylor says...

Glad that's been sorted. Would it be possible to organise an extra (static) event to take advantage of the High Street closure on 25-27 July?
Glad that's been sorted. Would it be possible to organise an extra (static) event to take advantage of the High Street closure on 25-27 July? Simon Taylor
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11:25am Wed 14 May 14

hughie-s says...

Simon Taylor wrote:
Glad that's been sorted. Would it be possible to organise an extra (static) event to take advantage of the High Street closure on 25-27 July?
Move the market from Culver St for the day.
[quote][p][bold]Simon Taylor[/bold] wrote: Glad that's been sorted. Would it be possible to organise an extra (static) event to take advantage of the High Street closure on 25-27 July?[/p][/quote]Move the market from Culver St for the day. hughie-s
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9:33pm Wed 14 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

hughie-s wrote:
Simon Taylor wrote:
Glad that's been sorted. Would it be possible to organise an extra (static) event to take advantage of the High Street closure on 25-27 July?
Move the market from Culver St for the day.
Williams & Griffin The pinnacle of high street shopping of superlative quality, I predict they will be in TOLLGATE within 10 years, with one of the biggest stores in the country.
As for the carnival, unfortunately now reduced to a sideshow from its heady days of The Colchester Military Tattoo, the market should be moved back to vineyard street car park and not be laced in this Dickensian splatter all over the Town Centre.
They wont will they they want their parking ticket money.
AVPG:
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Simon Taylor[/bold] wrote: Glad that's been sorted. Would it be possible to organise an extra (static) event to take advantage of the High Street closure on 25-27 July?[/p][/quote]Move the market from Culver St for the day.[/p][/quote]Williams & Griffin The pinnacle of high street shopping of superlative quality, I predict they will be in TOLLGATE within 10 years, with one of the biggest stores in the country. As for the carnival, unfortunately now reduced to a sideshow from its heady days of The Colchester Military Tattoo, the market should be moved back to vineyard street car park and not be laced in this Dickensian splatter all over the Town Centre. They wont will they they want their parking ticket money. AVPG: A Very Private Gentleman
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11:19pm Thu 15 May 14

Cllr Martin Hunt says...

romantic wrote:
Maybe Williams & Griffin should run the council, I'm sure they could make a better fist of it. The council's initial solution to this was to run the carnival down North Hill and into the Dutch Quarter, which could have been spectacular to observe from a distance as several dozen trucks try to turn around.... But anyway, good to know it's been sorted out.
That was never the council's solution. It clearly couldn't work.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: Maybe Williams & Griffin should run the council, I'm sure they could make a better fist of it. The council's initial solution to this was to run the carnival down North Hill and into the Dutch Quarter, which could have been spectacular to observe from a distance as several dozen trucks try to turn around.... But anyway, good to know it's been sorted out.[/p][/quote]That was never the council's solution. It clearly couldn't work. Cllr Martin Hunt
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