Promises to keep Kenilworth trouble-free for horse fair

Thickthorn Farm Kenilworth,  where the Horse Fair takes place. 'Ref: 08SEP149
Thickthorn Farm Kenilworth, where the Horse Fair takes place. 'Ref: 08SEP149
  • Promises have been made that the horse fair will not bring Kenilworth to its knees as in previous years
  • Councillors have called for police to monitor anti-social behaviour
  • Paring will be controlled by Warwickshire County Council

Police will stop horse races along Warwick Road and traffic chaos will be kept to a minimum, say officers in new assurances ahead of the next horse fair coming in April.

Officers will be out in Warwick Road to act on any dangerous pony trap racing, and Bullimore Grove will be blocked off to stop cars paring along grass verges and private driveways.

Racing horses and traps is unacceptable and there will be officers out to help deal with issues like this and we will intervene where we can.

Sergeant Dave Kettle

The promises come just weeks before the annual travellers’ fair comes to land off Thickthorn roundabout.

Due on the weekend of April 27, the popular event is expected to pull in hundreds of visitors.

Work is already being done to manage disruption after the last spring fair saw complaints flooding in of cars being left for days on pavements, blocked roads, anti-social behaviour and pony traps being raced along Warwick Road.

Police teams have since joined council officers to work with event organisers in hope of managing disruption and help ease impact on the town.

Speaking to Kenilworth Town Council, Police Sergeant Dave Kettle said: “April’s event tends to be different and can coincide with other events which is where issues arise as the town gets very busy.

“Racing horses and traps is unacceptable and there will be officers out to help deal with issues like this and we will intervene where we can.”

He also warned of potential impact on the Thursday as fair-goers arrive early for the weekend activities.

Town mayor John Cooke called for promises that Kenilworth’s police team were not left to deal with problems on their own, and that help was provided to keep up a much-needed police presence in Kenilworth for the weekend.

Describing the fair as “an issue we still need to keep on top of”, he said: “I’m concerned that police need to accept this as a big issue, because it is. Our police team does a fantastic job, but cannot be expected to deal with this on their own.”

Cllr Felicity Bunker said it was important that groups work together for what can be a “difficult time” for the town.