Wellington’ council has recognised the worth of the Carnival to the town by almost doubling its annual grant to £1300, up from an annual figure of £700 that had remained unchanged for nine years.
The Carniaval Committee had always applied in the past for the cost of providing barriers and signs. This year they had applied for £1,300. This was to take account of the increased requirements for preparing an application for a road closure, the usual barriers and, new this year, the cost of training two of its members to put out signs and barriers in the future. This would mean that they would not have to rely on the Deane DLO .
There was also a knock-on benefit in as much as any organisation (including the Town Council) would be able to use them for events that needed barriers and signs.
Full details of the application had been circulated to members. The application had been considered earlier in the evening by the Finance Committee who had recommended that a grant of £1,300 be paid.