Funfair will spoil new era for Stourport

I READ with interest last week’s article on plans for Stourport (Museum to be part of canalside gateway).

This will be a wonderful opportunity for Stourport and the investment is just what the town needs to support the historic basin and its surroundings.

However, your article does not refer to the eyesore of the funfair currently blocking the views of the basin and the new development. If the development wants to raise the profile of the basin and its heritage and subsequently this area of the town, the only issue standing in its way is the funfair.

It doesn’t attract the type of people who appreciate the basin and does not bring money into the town for restaurants or shopping as their only spending involves the funfair and the fish and chip shops.

The people I speak to in Stourport certainly do not want the funfair to remain and I would welcome a view on the future plans for this issue.

MELODIE WILLIAMS Stourport

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7:20pm Fri 5 Apr 13

kjb1 says...

The Funfair is an attraction for people who visit Stourport to enjoy and has been there for a good many years and is not an eyesore. there are other worse buildings blocking access to the basins that has not been there as long as the funfair has !!
The Funfair is an attraction for people who visit Stourport to enjoy and has been there for a good many years and is not an eyesore. there are other worse buildings blocking access to the basins that has not been there as long as the funfair has !! kjb1
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9:06pm Fri 5 Apr 13

luke210389 says...

Funfair has been their for years and is a good day out for families. I cant see getting rid of it will increase the amount of people coming to stourport just to look at the water. The fair probably brings alot more business in the summer when people go into the arcades, shops, pubs etc. Why do the OAPS always want to take places back to what they looked like years ago. there are alot of things in stourport that are more of an eye sore. One day people will stop moaning about the small things.
Funfair has been their for years and is a good day out for families. I cant see getting rid of it will increase the amount of people coming to stourport just to look at the water. The fair probably brings alot more business in the summer when people go into the arcades, shops, pubs etc. Why do the OAPS always want to take places back to what they looked like years ago. there are alot of things in stourport that are more of an eye sore. One day people will stop moaning about the small things. luke210389
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5:22pm Sat 6 Apr 13

nikki09 says...

i know loads of people who always go to the fair in stourport. lots of people actually travel from birmingham area to use the fair. just because you dont use it doesnt mean no one else does. and it doesnt have to close, if it did the toen would lose out on alot of money. revamp it instead!!
i know loads of people who always go to the fair in stourport. lots of people actually travel from birmingham area to use the fair. just because you dont use it doesnt mean no one else does. and it doesnt have to close, if it did the toen would lose out on alot of money. revamp it instead!! nikki09
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9:37pm Sat 6 Apr 13

walkerno5 says...

It could be prettier- but take the funfair away and you'll kill Stourport as a tourist town.
It could be prettier- but take the funfair away and you'll kill Stourport as a tourist town. walkerno5
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8:09am Sun 7 Apr 13

Windylindsay says...

I do agree it is an eyesore but it does bring money in. Maybe a revamp would benefit the town. I think the fair should be more like a Victorian fair similar to the Black Country museum. Much more pleasing to the eye and less noise! It does attract the wrong kind of tourists. You know, the type that come down on a hot weekend who spend all day drinking in the Wetherspoons and leave rubbish all over the place. Sorry but it is true!
I do agree it is an eyesore but it does bring money in. Maybe a revamp would benefit the town. I think the fair should be more like a Victorian fair similar to the Black Country museum. Much more pleasing to the eye and less noise! It does attract the wrong kind of tourists. You know, the type that come down on a hot weekend who spend all day drinking in the Wetherspoons and leave rubbish all over the place. Sorry but it is true! Windylindsay
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7:54pm Sun 7 Apr 13

stour67 says...

Then keep the fair and get rid of the pub .
Then keep the fair and get rid of the pub . stour67
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8:28pm Sun 7 Apr 13

jon cooper says...

For more than a century Stourport has been a town that annually attracts thousands of visitors per year. It's widely known that Stourport is a kind of 'Blackpool' of the West Midlands, and particularly during the summer months the town even now welcomes a vast amount of tourists to the amusements of the riverside. As major industry has long left the town, I personally feel Stourport's future lies with tourism; and for this reason alone, I have no problem whatsoever with 'Treasure Island', (the fun-fair), or any of the other riverside attractions for that matter, in fact, I actually welcome it.

Without being biased; I think Stourport is unique on many levels to attract visitors. On the one hand we have the fun of the riverside, and on the other the more serious historic nature of the Basins, and Stourport's significance to the canal age.

With the coming of the much welcomed opening up of Bridge Street to the Basins, (The 'James Brindley Wharf' development), Stourport will be doubly attractive to visitors, which of course can only be a good thing for the town. As 'Treasure Island' and the other riverside attractions have proven success over many, many years, my actual concern lies with the 'James Brindley Wharf' complex itself.

As the wharf will be the first major development in the Basins area for generations, I hope hand on heart it is everything that it's been promised to be; with of course the added input from residents and business owners alike. I honestly feel public opinion is vital for the success of this project, and as I honestly believe this opportunity won't pass the way of the Basin's area again, it is vital it's done right.
For more than a century Stourport has been a town that annually attracts thousands of visitors per year. It's widely known that Stourport is a kind of 'Blackpool' of the West Midlands, and particularly during the summer months the town even now welcomes a vast amount of tourists to the amusements of the riverside. As major industry has long left the town, I personally feel Stourport's future lies with tourism; and for this reason alone, I have no problem whatsoever with 'Treasure Island', (the fun-fair), or any of the other riverside attractions for that matter, in fact, I actually welcome it. Without being biased; I think Stourport is unique on many levels to attract visitors. On the one hand we have the fun of the riverside, and on the other the more serious historic nature of the Basins, and Stourport's significance to the canal age. With the coming of the much welcomed opening up of Bridge Street to the Basins, (The 'James Brindley Wharf' development), Stourport will be doubly attractive to visitors, which of course can only be a good thing for the town. As 'Treasure Island' and the other riverside attractions have proven success over many, many years, my actual concern lies with the 'James Brindley Wharf' complex itself. As the wharf will be the first major development in the Basins area for generations, I hope hand on heart it is everything that it's been promised to be; with of course the added input from residents and business owners alike. I honestly feel public opinion is vital for the success of this project, and as I honestly believe this opportunity won't pass the way of the Basin's area again, it is vital it's done right. jon cooper
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8:28pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Windylindsay says...

If only! Wetherspoons have taken over the world with their cheap booze attracting chavs from far and wide!
If only! Wetherspoons have taken over the world with their cheap booze attracting chavs from far and wide! Windylindsay
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9:14am Mon 8 Apr 13

kjb1 says...

The present Funfair brings some fun and laughter sadly missing in the town ? I think the James Brindley Wharf development is just an excuse to build even more expensive waterside houses and apartments, are any shops being built as well ? they have already forced one long standing business Lloyds garage to relocate for this development as for eye sores what about the funeral directors further up the road !
The present Funfair brings some fun and laughter sadly missing in the town ? I think the James Brindley Wharf development is just an excuse to build even more expensive waterside houses and apartments, are any shops being built as well ? they have already forced one long standing business Lloyds garage to relocate for this development as for eye sores what about the funeral directors further up the road ! kjb1
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10:18am Mon 8 Apr 13

stour67 says...

The funeral directors have been 1 of the longest standing business in bridge street over 50yrs.
The funeral directors have been 1 of the longest standing business in bridge street over 50yrs. stour67
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