Riverside Festival organisers hopes for the future after repairs are paid for

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MUSIC festival organisers hope relations with a council will improve after repairs to a bench were paid for.

The Riverside Association of Music and Arts is now hoping to move forward after a contractor it employed during last year’s festival paid Stamford Town Council for the repairs to a bench on The Meadows.

This year’s festival was cancelled after a row broke out between the town council and the Riverside Association over repairs to a bench and councillors’ desire to see audited accounts.

Town clerk Patricia Stuart-Mogg received payment for the bench on Tuesday.

A worker gave a statement admitting damaging the bench.

He said that the incident was reported but Riverside said it was not logged at the time.

Riverside’s application to use The Meadows next year is likely to be discussed at the amenities committee meeting on Tuesday, August 9.

Riverside association director Jenny Collins said: “The main hope now is that all this has finally come to some form of conclusion.

“Hopefully we can move on with everything.”

Mayor John Binder is also hopeful now the repairs have been paid for.

He said: “I am pleased to hear that it is sorted as that was the main stumbling block which led to the dispute.”

The town council meeting heard on Tuesday that the Hobo Festival, which was due to be held on the Meadows in June next year, has been cancelled.

Organisers Nick Knott and Andy Milligan are said to be pulling out due to work commitments.