Berkshire

Newbury fireworks display cancelled over traffic 'chaos'

A firework display held in Berkshire for the past 35 years has been cancelled after traffic "chaos" at the 2015 event.

It comes after a number of people abandoned their cars due to a "series of traffic problems" last year.

Newbury Racecourse said professional traffic management would be required ahead of this year's show in November.

The Lions Club of Newbury said "suitable working agreements" with racecourse organisers were not met.

A spokesman for Newbury Racecourse said: "[Last year] the number of people choosing to arrive by car exceeded the experience of the volunteers managing the situation, which resulted in extremely long queues of traffic - exacerbated by many people abandoning their vehicles in inappropriate places in order to make sure they did not miss the firework display.

"On that basis, we arranged for the Lions Club to use our retained professional parking and traffic management contractors, CSP, and to pass on the cost of that to the Lions Club."

The Lions Club of Newbury said it regretted making the decision but felt it was "unable to use money, given to help local people, to pay upfront costs when the success of the event depends so much on the weather".

The club said it hoped to hold the event in 2017.