THE annual MOP fair will be held in the heart of Evesham for the first time and council chiefs have revealed the road closures and diversion routes which will be put in place.
As the Observer has previously reported, the MOP has had to move from its former Old Brewery Car Park home due to the construction of the Waitrose store and early this year Evesham Town Council finalised plans to move it onto the High Street.
And in order to make this happen, traffic during the three and half day closure will re-routed in the same way it was when the Abbey Bridge was being replaced.
From 7pm tonight until 1am on Sunday drivers will still be able to head through town northbound over Abbey Bridge and up through the High Street.
However, all southbound traffic will be diverted down Oat Street. Mill Bank will then be made two-way, with traffic lights, and drivers will be sent over Workman Bridge to then be able to turn right onto Waterside to continue southbound.
The traffic lights will be located at the foot of Oat Street, at the bottom of Bridge Street, at the junction with Monks Walk and then just before Workman Bridge.
During the three day event, the taxi rank will be temporarily relocated to the loading bay opposite the Post Office. The disabled parking bays next to the Town Hall will also be out of use and the for one day only the market will be moved to Bridge Street.
Highways chiefs at Worcestershire County Council have thrown their support behind the plans, as well as all of the emergency services.
The MOP’s new home will see the rides housed in the Merstow Green Car Park, the Market Place and the amenity area along the High Street.
The Mayor of Evesham, Coun Richard Jones, said: “The Mop Fair has a long and important history in the town and it is one of the highlights of the year.
“When it became clear that the fair would have to be relocated due to the Waitrose development, we looked extensively into many different options. ”
“The one chosen, whilst having its challenges, was the one that we thought would most benefit the fair, the town and local businesses alike.
“The Town Clerk and the Fair Manager have visited many local businesses around the Market Place and the Amenity Area on the High Street and informed them of the plans.
“We will of course be reviewing the arrangements after this years fair to see what worked and what didn’t and we would ask all to be patient and to come and support the fair and the local businesses over the 3 days.”
Visit www.eveshamtowncouncil.gov.uk/evesham-mop-fair.html for more details.