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Confusion over carnival gate closure raises questions
A mix-up at an Enfield sports club left a summer carnival with few crowds and vastly reduced takings.
The Brimsdown Sports and Social club in Goldsdown Road, Enfield brought contractors in to replace the football pitches on the site but was ordered to stop by Enfield Borough Council last Thursday.
This led to the sudden closure of the site by social club members themselves, throwing the carnival into doubt and causing chaos for the football team.
Brimsdown FC were due to play their first match of the season against Kent Athletic at Goldsdown Road, but were forced to cancel and rearrange the fixture.
The carnival itself, which has been a regular fixture in the borough for 123 years, was faced with possible cancellation.
However, the gates were reopened late last Friday, although large sections of the ground were cordoned off where work had stopped, leaving organisers with little time to prepare.
John Ashton, organiser of the carnival, said: “The event was very poorly attended and that’s a real shame. We still had the parade take place but when it reached the fete, people did not seem interested. I blame the lack of publicity and the lack of preparation time we had thanks to this gate issue.”
Sports and social club chairman Gary Brooker said: “We were carrying out improvements to the site, the council put up a stop notice, so we shut the gates. I am hoping that we can work with the council to get the fields back as quickly as possible.
“I don’t know why it has been shut and we just want to resolve the situation and get our grass fields back.”
Brimsdown FC manager Lee Okugbeni said: “This all came as a bit of a shock to us and was very sudden. We were bringing Brimsdown back into the non-league but we had to cancel our game. We are disappointed that we have had no notice of this happening and no prior warning.”
Despite the disappointment, Mr Brooker has assured the football team that their next match will go ahead.
He said: “It is a shame that the game was cancelled, however Brimsdown have another home match here, at Goldsdown Road, this weekend and we fully expect that match to take place.”
A council spokesperson said: "The Temporary Stop Notice was served to prevent unauthorised depositing of material on the site and to control commercial vehicle movements associated with this."
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