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Borough Council issues Sanctuary traffic appeal

Published on Tuesday, 24th May 2022

Huge wooden Covid Memorial at Bedworth Miners Welfare Park
Wooden Sanctuary memorial structure in park

Borough Council leader, Cllr Kris Wilson, has appealed to residents to help make the Sanctuary event a big success at the weekend – by heeding traffic warnings.

The Miners’ Welfare Park event promises to bring thousands of visitors to the site as the event reaches its spectacular conclusion.

The 22-metre high wooden sculpture will be burned around 9:00pm in an act of ‘letting go’ following the Covid experience shared across the world.

But Council bosses have reminded local people that parking is very limited in Bedworth town centre, and that there is likely to be a lot of people leaving the site from around 10:00pm onwards.

They have already written to residents of Coventry Road and Rye Piece Ringway who live near the park, to warn that a section of the road may be closed during the evening if needed.

Cllr Kris Wilson said:

“We have been bowled over by the response to Sanctuary, which has already brought people to our area from many parts of the country.

“We know thousands of people have applied for tickets, so we are preparing for a busy evening on Saturday 28 May.

“There will be traffic and parking restrictions in place on the night, and there is bound to be some disruption for residents. So I hope everyone can be patient, and those who can do so find other ways than their car to get to the event.

“It goes without saying that for local people not attending the event, please try and avoid getting caught up in the event traffic. Use public transport or other means of getting to the event, or please stay clear if you are not coming along. Please enjoy the evening and help others enjoy it, too.”