Horse fair clean-up cost taxpayer’s £6,000

The annual Horse Fair and parade at Horden.
The annual Horse Fair and parade at Horden.
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IT cost a council £5,913 to provide resources for this year’s Horden Horse Fair.

Following a Freedom of Information request, Durham County Council confirmed the costs and how they were broken down.

This included cleaning costs across the three-day fair, with £1,185 on a refuse truck and driver, £870 on a heavy goods sweeper and driver, £870 on a street cleansing vehicle, driver and operative, £1,115.70 on overtime for neighbourhood wardens and an additional £472.80 for wardens’ work carried out in their core time.

The authority also spent £1,400 on portable toilet hire.

Last year’s horse fair cost the council £4,499.60, compared to £5,514 in 2010 and £3,544.60 in 2009.

The money comes from Durham County Council’s overall budget, with less than half of that coming from taxpayers.

Easington MP Grahame Morris said the travellers “think someone else will pick up the tab”.

But council chiefs say the measures taken were the most cost-effective – and in line with Government guidance.

Traveller spokesman Eddie 
Richardson said he was surprised by the figures, saying: “I cleaned up before and after the fair.”

He said he had provided half of the toilets, but accepted the authority’s offer of more.

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