Well-liked fireworks show canceled after organizers had been hit with a £ 1,800 invoice from Perth and Kinross Council
The Coupar Angus present was presupposed to happen in Larghan Park on Friday, however it was canceled after the council billed Blast Design for 2 occasions in 2016 and 2017 and for work to relocate a lobby.
The corporate has been working the occasion at Coupar Angus without cost for 12 years.
Blast Design proprietor John Kettles says he was not billed for administration charges for the 2016 and 2016 exhibitions and didn’t ask the board to maneuver the fireside or construct a inflexible stand, for which he was charged £ 1,500.
The Perth and Kinross board insists the corporate has agreed to pay a part of the prices.
Mr Kettles mentioned: ‘The Perth and Kinross Council took a agency stand to mild the bonfire and despatched me a invoice for £ 1,500.
“Then they mentioned we could not do the fireworks if we did not foot the invoice. I am unsure why the board is charging me as a result of I by no means requested for it.
He added: “We obtain individuals from everywhere in the area and a number of other thousand Coupar Angus. It’s the second largest in Perthshire. It prices us round £ 4000 on the fireworks alone.
“We reinvest in Coupar Angus a number of thousand kilos a 12 months with the cash we gather and the group collects in buckets.”
Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney has written to Perth and Kinross Council asking them to discover a answer.
Mr Swinney mentioned: “The information that the normal Coupar Angus fireworks show is now at risk might be greeted with unhappiness all through the group.
“It is a extremely regarded occasion that has been on the town’s calendar for over a decade.”
A council spokesperson mentioned: “The bill that has been issued is for a contribution to the relocation of the exhausting zone and residential, all as agreed with Mr Kettles in 2017.
“As well as, there are overdue funds for administrative charges for occasions held in 2016 and 2017, that are billed for all group occasions which are anticipated to draw greater than 100 individuals.
“Our coverage may be very clear that if there are any unpaid charges owed to the board by occasion planners, permission is not going to be granted for different occasions.
“We’ve got frequently despatched communications to Mr. Kettles to attempt to resolve the issue, however he isn’t responding.”