Green light for rockets

2015-10-27 06:00
Athlone Stadium, along with Cockscomb Park will once again be the proposed venue to legally discharge fireworks this Guy Fawkes.

Earl Haupt

Athlone Stadium, along with Cockscomb Park will once again be the proposed venue to legally discharge fireworks this Guy Fawkes. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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With the annual celebration of Guy Fawkes Day on 5 November around the corner, Athlone residents will soon be provided with a suitable venue to light their fireworks.

At the monthly subcouncil meeting at the Dulcie September civic centre on Thursday, subcouncil 17 unveiled an updated list of venues where residents can discharge fireworks legally.

Athlone Stadium’s parking lot on the eastern side was previously used as the venue of choice by residents in the area, but it had been struck off the list of ten proposed sites across the city.

People’s Post reported last month that instead Cockscomb Park was earmarked for the public discharge of fireworks in ward 44 in the forthcoming seasonal festivities on designated dates.

Following a correction to the original minutes of last month’s subcouncil meeting, both Athlone Stadium and Cockscomb Park will be put forward as the venues of choice for the residents of Athlone and surrounds.

Anthony Moses, ward 44 councillor, says they are still looking at alternative arrangements, but the initial confusion, which saw no suitable venues listed for the Athlone area, has since been smoothed out.

“It was just a correction of the minutes, because we all agreed that we needed to find alternative venues for the legal discharge of fireworks,” says Moses.

He confirms that Athlone Stadium will remain on the list of preferred venues.

“Those two need to be on the list. We will send it through subcouncil for the next council meeting [tomorrow], then we will approve it at council.”

Suzette Little, ward 49 councillor, confirms that an application for Athlone Stadium to be the preferred venue to discharge fireworks has been submitted and has already been approved.

“An application has been sent to the fire chief to ‘re-admit’ Athlone Stadium as a site for fireworks. This has been approved and fireworks will be allowed on the eastern side of Athlone Stadium.”

The Heideveld sports complex, as well two open spaces in Welcome Estate,were proposed, along with Cockscomb Park as potential alternative venues to Athlone Stadium, which was previously used by the public to set off fireworks during the festivities taking place during Guy Fawkes, Diwali and New Year’s Eve.

However, only Cockscomb Park complied with the safety criteria required to facilitate such an event.

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