South Hams District Council is consulting with residents and other interested parties on the way it helps communities and local groups to organise and run events.
A large number of events are currently supported across the District from major festivals and regattas to smaller village and community events.
The way the Council supports these events varies depending on the event and how it is organised and whether it is organised for commercial or community gain.
Cllr Ian Bramble explains what South Hams hopes to achieve: “We would like to offer all community groups and organisations a fairer, more consistent service. At the moment we support events in a variety of ways, from leasing land, to organising an alcohol licence and clearing up after an event. But before we write a new policy on how we should offer these services, we would like to hear from those people who use them.”
South Hams District Council is running this consultation event to help them determine its future event management policy. This will propose which elements should be chargeable, which shouldn’t and if they are, what that charge should be.
Cllr Ian Bramble continues: “We are committed to ensuring our towns and villages continue to offer a thriving calendar of events, and we think that it is important that the support that we give is consistent, fair and isn’t subsidised by the council tax payer.”
The Events Policy Change Proposal, FAQs and more information can be found on the South Hams website at http://www.southhams.gov.uk/article/eventspolicy-telluswhatyouthink
Please email your views on the proposal to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 29 July 2016.