Seaham mayor apologizes for bracelet outrage over fireworks this week

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The mayor of a northeastern town has apologized to people upset about the wristbands needed to watch a fireworks display this week.

Sue Morrison, Mayor of Seaham Council, has issued an apology to those angered by wristbands which will only allow Seaham residents to attend the Seaham fireworks display this year.

Ms Morrison explained that the precautions had been taken to try to ease congestion on the A19 and areas near Seaham, and to keep people safe.

On top of that, she urged people to support their local councils and other venues holding fireworks, rather than contributing to congestion.

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In a statement today, Ms Morrison said: “I would like to apologize for any upheaval the introduction of wristbands has caused.

“All of this with the good intention of trying to keep people safe.

“Nobody wants the congestion we all saw last year, so it’s worth trying these things even though we’re not used to them after decades of great free events at Seaham.

“However, the message for this event this year is really if you have a more local council or charity or sports club that is putting on a fireworks display please try to support them instead of contributing to congestion on the A19. and around Seaham.

“It can be nice for you and your family to leave the car at home overnight and walk to another event closer to home rather than being stuck in traffic for hours.”

Meanwhile, Ms Morrison added that the ‘residents only’ classification message had been stipulated by the Durham County Councils Safety Advisory Group as a safety precaution.

She said the council had tried to move the event from Friday to Saturday, commissioning stewards and additional parking at the car boot coast land and Spectrum business park to avoid the need of two restricted areas.

In addition to this, the council used a large amount of additional signage and no parking cones, however, the safety advisory group insisted on the resident message only and the two restricted areas.

It comes after residents complained of “traffic chaos” last year, saying streets had become jammed for hours.

Earlier this week on social media, the decision was met with fury, with families describing it as a “shame”.

Another, who says he won’t be able to bring his family to the main event because he lives outside the area, said he was “disgusted”.

They said: ‘Absolutely disgusting! We live in Seaham and come with our family from Sunderland every year, our annual tradition.’

Another added: ‘We were looking forward to it. Go every year for this very reason, it’s normally pretty quiet and easy to park. What an absolute disgrace.’

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Ms Morrison said people could see if they were eligible for a bracelet by looking at their council tax bill or on the Durham County Councils website and then accessing the ‘My Durham’ feature.

Additionally, Ms Morrison said this would only be possible if you paid council tax to Seaham Town Council.

She also encouraged residents of Seaham to walk the seafront rather than take a car, as parking will be limited from 10am.

Indeed, road safety measures will have been put in place to ensure the free movement of emergency vehicles in the area.

Free park and ride programs at the parking lot north of town and Spectrum Park to the south open from noon on Saturday, with stalls and rides open from 1 p.m. on Terrace Green.

Roads past Asda, along Terrace Green and up to the Marina close at 5.00pm and the gates to both Asda and Marina restricted areas will open between 5.30pm and 6.00pm.

Meanwhile, acts will be on stage in front of Asda from 6 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 7 p.m.

The council advised visitors to arrive an hour early to avoid congestion.

No drones are allowed at the event and security will be highly visible in the surrounding area.

Parents and grandparents with wristbands are encouraged to write their phone numbers on the back of their children’s wristbands to help reunite them if needed.

According to Seaham Town Council, there will be a number of road closures in place during the event.

Elsewhere in the area, Sunderland Barnes Park will host a fireworks display at 7.45pm on Saturday October 29 and Hartlepool Rugby Club will host one at 7.30pm on Friday November 4.

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