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'Carnival under threat' warns organiser
Organisers of Enfield Carnival have raised concerns that the event will not go ahead this weekend.
Fears were raised after Brimsdown football ground, in Goldsdown Road, Enfield was closed by the council on Wednesday, shutting off the car park and field itself.
Carnival chairman John Ashton is now very concerned that the gates won’t be open for the carnival on Saturday, August 10.
He said: “This carnival has been going for 123 years and now all of a sudden, it seems as if we will have to cancel it due unexplainable reasons.
“Traditionally we have 700 to 800 people during the day with stalls and all sorts set up but there is no way the fete can be arranged without the car park being open.
"People are coming down from Surrey with large equipment. Right now it looks as if I have been given no other choice.”
Brimsdown FC chairman Lee Okugbeni was expecting his side to play their first game of the season in a new division but the game was cancelled due to the closure of the ground.
He said: “This has all come as a bit of a shock to us and is very sudden. We were bringing Brimsdown back into the non-league but now we will have to cancel our game against Kent Athletic. We are disappointed that we have had no notice of this happening and no prior warning.”
It is believed that the gates were shut due to complaints about noise from neighbours. A meeting had been arranged between representatives of all parties and the Enfield Borough Council, which owns the land, yesterday but this did not take place.
The Enfield Independent has contacted Enfield Council for a response.
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