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Pledge to ease horse fair impact

Appleby Horse fair
In 2008 more than 30,000 people visited the Appleby Horse Fair

Organisers of an annual horse festival in Cumbria say they are confident new measures will reduce the adverse impact on local residents.

The Appleby Horse Fair attracts thousands of people every year, with many arriving in horse-drawn caravans.

A new co-ordinating group made up councils, emergency services and safety organisations is overseeing the week-long event which begins on 4 June.

Several new measures, including planning restrictions are now in place.

A special website has also been created, aimed at the tens of thousands of people who take part and visit the fair.

Water facilities

Kevin Douglas, chief executive of Eden District Council and chair of the Multi Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group, said: "The website is not aimed at promoting the fair, but at providing the right information for the right people.

"We are making good progress on our efforts to make sure the fair's impact on local residents is minimised.

"For the first time this year all campsites have had to get planning permission and campsite owners have had to provide the right toilet and water facilities.

"We have also introduced a permit scheme for food sellers.

"We are asking everyone to expect and respect change in the way the fair is co-ordinated."

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