Todmorden Agricultural Show cancelled: ‘It was impossible to look at issues in time’

Todmorden Agricultural Show, Centre Vale Park, Todmorden
Todmorden Agricultural Show, Centre Vale Park, Todmorden

The organisers of Todmorden Agricultural Show have clarified the reasons why they have decided to cancel this year’s event.

Last month it was announced the show, one of the most popular events in Todmorden’s social calendar, would not go ahead after Calderdale Council imposed weight restrictions on Centre Vale Park.

Organisers said: “We would like to re-iterate the reasons why the show was reluctantly cancelled this year.The flood alleviation work carried out by the Environment Agency over several years has been detrimental to the parks use for events such as ours due to the location of the pipework that has been installed.

“The Environment Agency have only recently issued Calderdale Council with a maintenance management plan which has led Calderdale Council to impose restrictions on the vehicle axle weights and unavoidable re-positioning of marquees. We have discussed possibilities of tracking or matting for the heavier vehicles such as marquee, special events and trade stands to navigate the park but due to the scale of the show, this would mean covering large areas of the park.

“The marquees would need to be reconfigured so that tent pegs or stakes do not damage pipes that are located near to the surface and this would mean loosing some elements of the show.

“Also we would have to engage additional security for several days to ensure the restrictions are not contravened. Due to time limitations it was impossible to address these issues in time for this year’s show.

“Although a one off offer of some assistance has been offered by Calderdale Council, the society would struggle to meet the year on year financial implications which will be thousands and substantially more should it be a wet day and significant damage may occur for which we will be held responsible.”

They added that the show society was exploring all practicalities and costings for next year’s show, including consultations with Calderdale Council.

Organisers also wished Todmorden Carnival and the forthcoming Todmorden Festival event the best and said they hope both are well supported.