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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.

2020 Mop Fair - 1st - 3rd October

EVESHAM MOP FAIR 2020 CANCELLED

Evesham Town Council in consultation with the Mop Fair operator Mr Edward Danter have taken the very difficult decision to cancel the Evesham Mop fair that was to be held in Evesham town centre from 1-3 October. 

The fair, which started as hiring fair some 700 years ago is an annual tradition enshrined in a charter and is fantastically popular with its patrons.  However, the current covid epidemic and the enhanced measures brought in by the government to prevent its spread have led both the Council and Mr Danter to cancel the event.

Cllr Sue Amor Mayor of Evesham said “We love the Mop Fair and it is with a very heavy heart that we have made this decision.  We wanted it go ahead for the benefit of the town and for the economy, however, the enhanced measures coupled with a rise in the infection rate in the region led us to believe that the risk did not outweigh the benefit.  Our priority was always the health and wellbeing of the fair patrons and staff and we have taken the decision with this at the forefront”.

Mr Edward Danter from Danter’s Funfairs said “The Evesham Mop is one of the highlights of the year and has a long long history.  We had already taken measures to aide social distancing and promote hand sanitising, however we said throughout that if the picture changed we would review the decision to go ahead.  We felt the enhanced rules would be hard for us and the police to enforce at such a large event and we always wanted to put the health of our customers and staff first.  Cancelling the Mop was a really difficult decision to make but we will be back next year!”

To mark and preserve the charter a vintage fair vehicle and small child’s ride will be open in the Market Place on Saturday 3 October.


 


 

 

 

 

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2019 Mop Fair - 3rd-5th October

We will be repeating the same arrangment for the 2019 Mop Fair as previously used in 2018 and 2017.

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

In 2017, the Council in conjunction with the Police, the H&W Fire Authority, Worcestershire County Council and Wychavon District Council  devised a new plan for the fair which incorporated much of Vine Street and the High Street.  This plan is to be repeated for the 2019 Mop Fair.

Accordingly, the traffic through the centre of Evesham will be altered from 7pm on Wednesday 2 October to the late hours of Saturday 5 October/early hours of Sunday 6th October.  Details of the system are detailed below and the traffic management plan 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.

 

How the Plan works (taken from 2017 article)

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

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.

Feedback

This is the third year this arrangment will have been used for the fair and feedback in the past has been very positive.  However, there will be delays and we ask for your patience and understanding to help facilitate this event.  We encourage any feedback both postive and negative and it will be considered when we review the arrangments afterwards.