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New Location for 2017 Mop Fair 5 – 7 October
This year’s Mop Fair will be the first one since the closure of the Old Brewery Car Park, the primary location for the Mop Fair.  Its closure has meant that the Council has had to find a new location for the fair.  
The Council in conjunction with the Police, the H&W Fire Authority, Worcestershire County Council and Wychavon District Council have devised a new plan for the fair which incorporates much of Vine Street and the High Street.
Accordingly, the traffic through the centre of Evesham will be altered from 7pm on 4 October to the late hours of Saturday 7 October.  Details of the system are detailed below and the traffic management plan can be viewed here, road closure orders can be viewed here.  
Briefly, southbound traffic will be diverted down Oat Street.  Mill Bank will be made 2 way (with traffic lights) with traffic being sent over Workman Bridge and then turning right onto Waterside to continue southbound.  Northbound traffic will be able to proceed as normal.  
High Street/Vine Street
The High Street option centres on utilising the Market Place, the Market Amenity Area, and half the width of Vine Street and the High Street up to the junction with Oat Street.  This option makes the fair a traditional street fair as seen in towns like Hereford, Cirencester and Oxford.  The fair will retain its location on Merstow Green.
Its implementation will mean the temporary relocation of the taxi rank (proposed to be moved to the loading bay diagonally opposite and/or outside the Post Office), the utilisation of the Market Place resulting in the moving of the Market for one day and the closure of the disabled bays next to the Town hall.  
A meeting with the Emergency services was convened and they stated that they supported the fair going in the High Street, as long as northbound access could be retained.  They stated that they worked with similar arrangements in towns such as Hereford and they foresaw no major issues.  They had no requirement for southbound access, given that the location of both the police and fire stations are south of the town centre.  Further discussions with Worcestershire County Council (WCC) and Wychavon District Council took place and it was agreed that a traffic management plan similar to that when Abbey Bridge was closed would be an ideal model to follow (though with northbound traffic flowing through).
The plan has the full support of WCC Highways department.  They have highlighted the similar arrangement for the bridge closure and how well that worked.  They have stipulated the need for a review of the plan shortly after the event so any tweaks can be made.  WDC also support the proposal.
Other Options Considered but ruled out
Crown Meadow was given serious consideration due to the size of the area, the minimal impact it would have on the traffic and accessibility.  However, it was ruled out for a number of reasons.  Firstly, the essence and the tradition of the mop is that it takes place in the town centre.  Secondly, the ground conditions are not reliable on the meadow at this time of year and heavy vehicles could cause damage to it.  The area is also susceptible to flooding.
The car parks at Swan Lane were also considered.  These being the one adjoining Aldi and the one over the road on the site of the former Swan Lane School.  The size of the space was considered not big enough and it was also thought to be too far removed from the other fair site at Merstow Green.
Moving the entire fair onto Waterside adjoining Workman gardens was considered but ruled out by WDC.
How it will work
  The traffic management plan puts in place a system that allows traffic to flow northbound over the bridge up through the High Street as it does now.  Southbound traffic would be diverted along the same route as it did during the Abbey bridge closure down Oat Street, and therefore making Mill Street 2 way with traffic lights so traffic is not heading towards each other at the same time.  The traffic lights would be located at the foot of Oat Street, the bottom of Bridge Street at the junction with Monks Walk by the Riverside Centre entrance and then just before Workman Bridge
 
This is the first year and no doubt not all will go as planned. We ask for your patience and for feedback when we review how it all worked after the fair is over.

We want your Mop Fair feedback! 

A few weeks have passed since the Mop Fair arrived in Evesham in its new primary High Street location follwing the closure of the Old Brewery Car Park.

The Town Council are very keen to hear your views on the new Mop Fair location, both negative and positive…what worked and what didn’t.

This year was the first with it located up the High Street (in addition to Merstow Green) which meant that the High Street was closed southbound from Oat Street.  How did this impact on you?  Was the traffic much worse, was any delay acceptable to you within the context of having the fair on the High Street, or was it too much?

If you are a local business owner/retailer then we are really keen to hear what impact the fair had on you.  Were takings down considerably compared to last year or were they better?   Was your commute time drastically increased?  Were there fewer customers than usual for the time of year or more?

The Town Council also want to hear your thoughts on whether the fair worked in the High Street in terms of atmosphere, safety and general appearance.   In your opinion is having the majority of the fair in the High Street a small price to pay for the disruption that it may have caused?

Is there anything we could improve or need to change?  For example, we added signage at Twyford advising of road closures ahead following feedback and we also opened the Oat Street toilets, again following feedback.

We will be reviewing the arrangements in mid November and your comments will help inform plans for the fair going forward.

So, if you want to let us know your thoughts please do.  Include some details about you for conxtext such as whether you are a business owner, a fair attendee, a shopper, etcetera and email them to the Town Clerk, Stuart Carter, townclerk@eveshamtowncouncil.gov.uk.  Alternatively you can write to us or drop into the contact centre on Abbey Road.

If we could have your views by the 8th November then we would be most grateful We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

New Location for 2017 Mop Fair 5 – 7 October

This year’s Mop Fair will be the first one since the closure of the Old Brewery Car Park, the primary location for the Mop Fair.  Its closure has meant that the Council has had to find a new location for the fair.

The Council in conjunction with the Police, the H&W Fire Authority, Worcestershire County Council and Wychavon District Council have devised a new plan for the fair which incorporates much of Vine Street and the High Street.

Accordingly, the traffic through the centre of Evesham will be altered from 7pm on Wednesday 4 October to the late hours of Saturday 7 October.  Details of the system are detailed below and the traffic management plan can be viewed here, road closure orders can be viewed from the following links - Mill Bank, High Street/Vine Street, Market Place/Amenity Area, and Bridge Street (Saturday Only for Charter Market)

Briefly, southbound traffic will be diverted down Oat Street.  Mill Bank will be made 2 way (with traffic lights) with traffic being sent over Workman Bridge and then turning right onto Waterside to continue southbound.  Northbound traffic will be able to proceed as normal.

High Street/Vine Street

The High Street option centres on utilising the Market Place, the Market Amenity Area, and half the width of Vine Street and the High Street up to the junction with Oat Street.  This option makes the fair a traditional street fair as seen in towns like Hereford, Cirencester and Oxford.  The fair will also retain its location on Merstow Green.

Its implementation will mean the temporary relocation of the taxi rank (proposed to be moved to the loading bay diagonally opposite and/or outside the Post Office), the utilisation of the Market Place resulting in the moving of the Market for one day and the closure of the disabled bays next to the Town hall.  

A meeting with the Emergency services was convened and they stated that they supported the fair going in the High Street, as long as northbound access could be retained.  They stated that they worked with similar arrangements in towns such as Hereford and they foresaw no major issues.  They had no requirement for southbound access, given that the location of both the police and fire stations are south of the town centre.  Further discussions with Worcestershire County Council (WCC) and Wychavon District Council took place and it was agreed that a traffic management plan similar to that when Abbey Bridge was closed would be an ideal model to follow (though with northbound traffic flowing through).

The plan has the full support of WCC Highways department.  They have highlighted the similar arrangement for the bridge closure and how well that worked.  They have stipulated the need for a review of the plan shortly after the event so any tweaks can be made.  WDC also support the proposal.

Other options considered but ruled out

Crown Meadow was given serious consideration due to the size of the area, the minimal impact it would have on the traffic and accessibility.  However, it was ruled out for a number of reasons.  Firstly, the essence and the tradition of the mop is that it takes place in the town centre.  Secondly, the ground conditions are not reliable on the meadow at this time of year and heavy vehicles could cause damage to it.  The area is also susceptible to flooding.

The car parks at Swan Lane were also considered.  These being the one adjoining Aldi and the one over the road on the site of the former Swan Lane School.  The size of the space was considered not big enough and it was also thought to be too far removed from the site at Merstow Green.

Moving the entire fair onto Waterside adjoining Workman gardens was considered but ruled out by WDC.

How it will work

 The traffic management plan puts in place a system that allows traffic to flow northbound over the bridge up through the High Street as it does now.  Southbound traffic would be diverted along the same route as it did during the Abbey bridge closure down Oat Street, and therefore making Mill Street 2 way with traffic lights so traffic is not heading towards each other at the same time.  The traffic lights will be located at the foot of Oat Street, the bottom of Bridge Street at the junction with Monks Walk by the Riverside Centre entrance and then just before Workman Bridge

This is the first year and no doubt there will be a few complications. We ask for your patience and for feedback when we review how it all worked after the fair is over.

Merstow Green

The setup around Merstow Green will remain as it has in the past with many rides on the car park there and the same road closure arrangments.

Documents (all pdfs)

Traffic Managment Plan
Mill Bank road closure order
High St/Vine St road closure order (southbound only)
Market Place/Amenity Area road closure order
Bridge Street road closure order (Saturday only)