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Barnard Castle road restrictions for Appleby Horse Fair

15 May 10 15:10 GMT

Police are to restrict access on a County Durham road to prevent congestion by travellers on their way to the Appleby Horse Fair.

Last year, caravans and cars caused traffic problems when they parked in lay-bys and on grassed areas in Barnard Castle's Bridgegate.

A 300m (980ft) stretch will see lay-bys closed between Thorngate and the County Bridge from 24 May to 14 June.

Residents who live in the area will be given temporary free parking passes.

Travellers will instead be encouraged to stop in specially-allocated locations in Broomielaw and Shaw Bank, both on the A688.

The restrictions follow consultation with Teesdale Residents' and Travellers' Forum and Durham County Council.

Forum chairman Tony Cooke said: "We have learned that if we talk to residents we can make the passage of travellers as comfortable as possible for both parties."

Appleby Horse Fair is an annual gathering of travellers in Cumbria's Eden Valley, and takes place this year between 3 and 9 June.

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