Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre should be run by the council at least until the end of the current administration, councillors have decided.
St Edmundsbury’s Overview and Scrutiny committee last night accepted the recommendation of a fayre review that the council should run it to allow officers to make long term plans and longer contracts with suppliers.
Discounted rates may be given to local stallholders and new businesses.
Cllr Jim Thorndyke suggested stall be limited to a 50 mile radius of Bury, but Cllr Richard Route said: “It’s great oif they do come from round here, but it’s the quality that counts.”
Fayre organiser Sharon Fairweather said 76 per cent of stalls came from East Anglia, simply because it was cheaper to get here.
But she added: “We have been looking at plans for charging for stalls and could give discounts for smaller providers and those from East Anglia.”
Haverhill councillor John Burns had reservations about the fayre. He said: “I’m concerned over the economic effect on other towns. Haverhill becomes a ghost town for the period.”
But he added: “Transport links from Haverhill and surrounding villages are poor at times. We need the bus companies to provide more links.”
Ms Fairweather said they were working closely with local bus companies to put on extra buses to reduce congestion.