Cumberland council reconsidering Big Time Out application Tuesday

The Village of Cumberland will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 2 to "review and reconsider (the) Big Time Out application," says a notice posted on the community's official website.
The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., acting corporate officer M. Mason said in the notice.

The Village of Cumberland will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 2 to “review and reconsider (the) Big Time Out application,” says a notice posted on the community’s official website.The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., acting corporate officer M. Mason said in the notice.Due to security concerns, Village council voted unanimously July 25 to not approve the festival Aug. 12 and 13 in village Park, where it has happened for several years.”After being informed that The Big Time Out festival would not be allowed in Village Park this year, Cumberland Village Works immediately scrambled to find a new venue,” CVW said in an update. “At the same time, dialogue continued with the Village Council in the hopes of finding a last-minute solution.”Immediately upon learning of the news, the people of Cumberland rallied behind The Big Time Out with incredible amounts of support,” CVW continued. “Passionate letters and e-mails were penned. Phone calls and face to face conversations were had.”CVW said Coun. Kate Greening issued the following statement: “On receipt of further information and discussions and an amended application from the BTO organizers, myself Kate Greening, Councillors Baird and Sproule believed it was appropriate to review the revised application and called for a special council meeting….”In its statement, Cumberland Village Works said it is “prepared to move The Big Time Out away from Cumberland but we’d love nothing more than for it to remain in the Village Park.”CVW said it is “incredibly grateful for all the support that has been offered and for the willingness of both engaged citizens and thoughtful councillors to have meaningful dialogue in finding solutions to issues that truly affect the community.”A few things have become evident over the last week: Cumberland is not such a sleepy little village; We have an abundance of eloquent and passionate friends and neighbours. And we’d much rather dance than fight,” CVW added.

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