Tentertainment a Statement from Tenterden Town Council

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Over the past week, there have been many comments in the media about Tenterden Town Council's involvement in Tentertainment.

The Mayor, Cllr Justin Nelson, and the Town Clerk, Phil Burgess, are inviting a delegation from the event's organisers to see how the Town Council can maximise its future support of Tentertainment, fully recognising that it is one of the town's most important social and cultural events.

In the meantime, Tenterden Town Council would like to emphasise....

  • The setting of the noise level for Tentertainment accords with national guidelines, is agreed with Ashford Borough Council, and - for the first time in many years - neither council has received a single complaint about noise.
  • The noise restrictions equally apply to all other public events in the town, such as the Folk Festival, Fair and Circus.
  • Not long ago, some £65,000 was added to the town's expenditure budget, as responsibility for items such as maintaining the green spaces in the town, formerly paid for by Ashford Borough Council and Kent County Council, was passed to Tenterden Town Council. Despite this, Tenterden Town Council increased the grant for Tentertainment from £2,000 to £2,500 this year.
  • In addition to subsidising the cost of toilet maintenance and helping the clean-up operation immediately after Tentertainment, Tenterden Town Council also underwrote power supply costs, and offered to pay an additional £1,000 grant if the event was affected by bad weather.

In common with many people, Tenterden Town Council is sad and disappointed that Tentertainment has been cancelled for 2018, but understands the organisers' need for a break. The purpose of the invitation to meet with the event's organisers is to see what can be done to increase understanding and support for the event in the future.

Friday, 7 July, 2017

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