A Winslow town and district councillor has accused Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) of ‘playing Scrooge’ in the run-up to the town’s Christmas Fayre.
The popular Christmas Fayre takes place in the Market Square from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, November 28.
The Christmas tree will be officially lit up at 6.30pm by town mayor David Barry, with a member of the cast from this year’s Aylesbury Waterside panto, Sleeping Beauty.
As usual, Santa will be in his grotto for children to visit, live reindeer with be in their pen, there will be stalls, a hog roast, chestnuts, carol singing from the St Laurence Church Choir and the shops will be open for late-night shopping.
The annual event is organised by volunteers and the profits go to charity.
But Councillor Llew Monger has spoken of his shock when he learned AVDC was planning to charge the organisers £150 to issue an event licence for the fayre. It also planned to charge Winslow Lions the same amount for their carol concert on December 17.
Mr Monger said: “While I appreciate the council is facing hard times, the very idea of charging £150 for issuing a licence to organise a charity event is simply preposterous.”
Mr Monger said the standard process of issuing a licence could not take more than 15 minutes of officer time.
He said: “It’s absolute nonsense to suggest that the cost recovery required would be £150 for each licence.
“I remain hopeful AVDC will realise they are quite wrong and, in the case of charity events like this, there should be no charge at all.These events are for the good of the community. We don’t need Scrooge coming up from Aylesbury to ruin Christmas.”
AVDC has offered to reduce the charge to £100 per licence.