Highly-anticipated Burbage Common open day scrapped due to weather conditions

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 11 May 2023

THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED Burbage Common open day, which was set to be held this Saturday (13 May), has been cancelled, borough council bosses have confirmed.

Burbage Common and Woods (Image: Google Street View)

A spokesperson for the council confirmed on social media yesterday (Wednesday, 11 May) that it had been scrapped due to ‘adverse weather conditions’.

It comes after Hinckley and Burbage has been recently hit by a spot of heavy rainfall, which left the ground “too waterlogged” for the event to take place.

The parking field was also deemed not dry enough to hold 1,000 cars on the day. If the event was held, this would have lead to significant ground damage – especially to the Common’s meadow areas.

The council spokesperson that they wouldn’t want to risk damaging the common, as it is an important habitat, which proves to be ‘a haven’ for wildlife.

They said: “There is also more rain and further thunderstorms forecast over the next few days, so it is highly unlikely that the site will get any drier.

“As it stands, the wet weather would mean the event could lead to further grounds damage, as well as traffic disruption on Leicester Road due to restricted traffic flow.

“The common is a haven for wildlife and we don’t want to risk damaging this important habitat.”

They concluded by issuing an official apology, adding: “We apologise for the late cancellation, particularly to stall holders and everyone who was looking forward to attending the event.

“We still hope to be able to rearrange it for later in the year, so please look out for any further updates.”

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