Air Show survey

Contributed by localrags on Oct 08, 2003 - 04:03 AM

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Results of a public consultation about the future of Shepway Festival and Airshow show that o­nly 27% of people who responded would like to see it held every year.

151 people 28.2% said the event should be cancelled completely

Of the 534 people who took part in the survey, just over 42 per cent (229) expressed a preference for holding it every other year and 147 wanting it be held every year.

Shepway Council’s Cabinet had wanted to hear the views of local people before making a decision o­n the future of the event. Adverts were placed in local newspapers, a page to register votes was set up o­n the Council’s website and a residents’ panel was sent questionnaires.

Many people also offered comments about the event. Some suggested charging for car parking or for entry to the event; others said it could be combined with other events or alternated every other year with the Hythe Venetian Fete.

Others said it attracted visitors, was good for the town and brought money into the area. Some commented that the event should be better spread across the district with less concentration o­n Folkestone.

Those who voted to scrap the event said there was no gain for other parts of the district, money should be spent o­n shops, the town centre, local services or amenities that benefit local people every day.

Cabinet will consider the results of the survey when it meets o­n 14 October.