Hayes Fair Under Threat?

The Hayes Village Association has issued an appeal for support:

The 2011 Hayes Fair was an outstanding success. Thousands of visitors of all ages enjoyed a wonderful day out on 11th June, and the committee has received grateful thanks for organising a traditional British fair. One elderly visitor said he went as an “oldy” but came home young at heart.

It is estimated that, collectively, charities benefited to the tune of approximately £15,000 as a direct result of this year’s Fair.

June 23rd has been provisionally set for the date of the 2012 Hayes Fair, again to be held in the grounds of Baston House School thanks to the generosity of Hillcrest Autism Services Limited. The Hayes Fair committee will be working hard during the coming months to ensure another successful event takes place.

Hayes Fair is a community event, organised by the community for the enjoyment of the community (and also visitors from outside the community). Its success depends on hard but rewarding work from a small group of dedicated volunteers.

Hayes Fair Committee urgently needs active new members who are willing to take on specific responsibilities if it is to continue beyond 2012 and these new members are needed NOW.

Without new help now, it is possible the 2012 Hayes Fair will be the last to take place. The local community will lose a long-standing and popular event, and many charities will be denied essential income.

If you would like to join the Hayes Fair Committee, a meeting will be taking place in Hayes Village Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 14 September. Alternatively, please contact the Chairman, Alan Williams at alangeorgewilliams@talktalk.net.

Fish & Chips in Hayes Street

At a recent planning committee, the application at 38 Hayes Street for a change of use to a fish and chip shop was approved.

Cllr. Manning, as a member of the committee, and Cllr. Reddin spoke against the application. They cited a proliferation of take-away shops in the Hayes district, the proximity to the Hayes Conservation Area, potential parking problems (particularly in the evenings) and late night disturbance, along with the issues raised by the Hayes Village Association and individual residents. Your councillors also expressed concerns that, regardless, of the accaptibility of a fish and chip shop or good intentions of the applicant, the “A5” classification that was allowed could also allow a different form of take-away to open in future without further permission.

Unfortunately the motion to refuse the plans was defeated by 4 votes to 3.