Talks to save fireworks event

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PETERLEE’S fireworks display could be saved after councillors agreed to work with police and fire chiefs to try to come up with a solution to solve traffic problems.

The town council had pulled the plug on November 5’s annual celebrations at Helford Road, citing concerns over health and safety regarding congestion outside the site.

But at a full town council meeting this week, 10 Labour members voted to meet with the chief fire officer and others before making a decision.

Six members from the FAIR and Independent party and one Labour councillor voted to reinstate the fireworks.

Town council leader, Councillor Bill Jeffrey, made no promises, but said council chiefs are willing to look at the possibility of putting the event on.

He said: “We are going to work with the police, fire and other agencies and try to alleviate the wider health and safety risks of the access and egress from the site and parking and traffic management.

“If we get assurance that the health and safety is covered, I would say 99 per cent it goes ahead.”