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Plight of Bacup Coco-nutters is raised in Parliament
4:03pm Monday 10th September 2012 in News
THE plight of the Bacup Coco-nutters – faced with abandoning a century-old tradition because of red tape – has been raised in Parliament.
Rossendale MP Jake Berry has questioned why the Morris men’s annual procession through Bacup and Britannia should be met with road closure costs of around £1,000.
As revealed by the Lancashire Telegraph last week, Mr Berry said the Coco-nutters may have to scrap their Easter parade, amid concerns police would not man rolling roadblocks.
County highway officials have confirmed they are working with borough council events co-ordinators but there may be a cost attached to closure orders.
Mr Berry said in Parliament: “May we have a statement about the cost of road closure orders, as the Coco-nutters face the prospect of not being able to dance this Easter because it will cost £1,000 to close the road? It is endangering our morris dancing tradition.”
Andrew Lansley, the new Leader of the House of Commons, said he would ask officials from the Communities Department to respond to his concerns.