Mum can’t believe council’s reply when she organises kids’ sandcastle contest – Daily News

Mum can’t believe council’s reply when she organises kids’ sandcastle contest – Daily News


 A mum was stunned to learn she’d have to pay the council £559 to hold a kids’ sandcastle competition  Dawn Cowie-Mcinnes received an email demanding payment for a public entertainment licence after she advertised the free event on a community Facebook page  Highland Council responded to the ad, warning her that in addition to the £559 licence, she’d need to fill in a lengthy application form, provide formal first aid cover and explain fully how the event would impact other beach users  Dawn, 41, mum of four-year-old Jessica, said she simply wanted to get a few families together on the beach at Nairn, Highland, for some fun during the summer holidays  She said: “Everything for kids is so expensive nowadays, I thought we could have some good old-fashioned fun on the beach and bring a few families together  “The idea was for the kids to have an hour to make their sandcastles, they would all get stickers and we would get someone local to judge the best ones ”  She had thought that parents would simply mind their own children, but Highland Council told her she would have to provide formal first aid cover and explain fully how the event would impact other beach users  “I was panicking when I got the email through, thinking I might need to cancel it and the kids were already excited  “There is too much red tape and so many barriers to get through to run an event, people will end up giving up ”  The event was saved after she sought help on the Nairn Rocks social media page  And as a result, Fochabers firm Saltaire Security offered their services for free and provided a copy of their own public liability insurance certificate to Highland Council  There were also offers to provide lifeguard cover and Nairn Business Improvement District also came forward to say it would help  In the end, Highland Council agreed to waive permission fees.  “It couldn’t have gone ahead without the security company and everyone else who is helping for free,” said Dawn, who has also been delighted at the offers of prizes from local businesses  Weather permitting, the event will now go ahead on Sunday (July 29) with registration taking place from 10am at Nairn Links for categories ranging from pre-school through to teenagers and adults  A spokeswoman for Highland Council said a public entertainment licence was required for the use of either indoor or outdoor premises for certain types of events

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