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Carnival is given 2006 reprieve
A carnival in Somerset has been given a reprieve after the council agreed to hold back a planned development.

Watchet Carnival uses the town's harbourside every summer and has been looking for an alternative venue since its redevelopment was announced.

West Somerset District Council now says it will make sure any redevelopment takes place after the 2006 event.

The move will give the carnival's committee extra time to find a venue for 2007.

Adrian Dyer, council corporate director, said: "Although the carnival committee has always known the East Quay would one day be developed, we are aware that after eight years they have still not been successful in agreeing on alternative sites on which to continue holding the event.

"We have been negotiating with each of the prospective developers and have been assured that whichever is awarded the contract, no significant work would begin on site before the end of July, 2006.

"This allows an opportunity for the committee to have one last Watchet Carnival Weekender on the quayside in 2006 and gives it some additional time in which to finalise alternative arrangements for 2007."

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