There have been some comments made that the blame for the cancelling of the event has been with the Council. Raunds Town Council have made the following statement:
“It is unfair to lay the blame for this with the Town Council. Raunds Town Council were originally approached by the carnival committee in January 2017 asking for use of Amos Lawrence Playing Field on the 15th July 2017. At this stage the Town Council asked the carnival committee for some additional information before making a decision and asked to meet with the carnival committee to better understand the change in date. The response received was that this would not be necessary as the carnival was going to be held at an alternative venue.
In March 2017 it became apparent that the alternative venue was unfortunately not going to be viable and the carnival committee repeated their request for use of Amos Lawrence Playing Field. The Town Council considered the matter with final approval being given for the use of Amos Lawrence Playing Field in April 2017. During this time the Town Council did suggest to the carnival committee that they should proceed with their plans and obtain the necessary licenses and road closures on the assumption that permission would be given. (There is no cost in applying for a road closure). With 12 weeks still to go before the event it should have been possible to obtain the relevant licenses.
The Carnival is a fantastic community event and it is such a pity that the event will be missing from the calendar this year.”