Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is being urged to review the Constabulary’s decision not to marshal some traditional parades.
There was all-party agreement on a motion put to Lancashire County Council by Councillor Malcolm Barron, calling for news ways of dealing with the issue, which could threaten centuries of tradition.
He said churches and other organisation have been told police might be unable to marshall events owing to economic and staffing cuts.
The motion states: “Lancashire County Council regrets reports that the Lancashire Constabulary will no longer marshal traditional parades and walking days which contribute so much to the traditions and life of the county and asks the chief executive of Lancashire County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner to examine all possible ways to assist with the marshalling of these parades.”
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s PCC, has already held talks with the Chief Constable, and will be issuing guidance for event organisers.
He said: “I do not want to see these events cancelled, and I am committed to working with communities to find solutions.
“I will continue to support public events and will work with organisers to ensure public safety is considered from the beginning.”
Jo Turton, chief executive of Lancashire County Council, will work with Mr Grunshaw.
She said: “Traditional parades and walking days are an important part of Lancashire’s heritage and we are keen to see them continue.
“There is, however, a cost to marshalling such events to ensure that they can take place safely and with minimum disruption to other road users.”
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said supporting public events was a key part of police work, that each case was considered on its own merits, but the power to close roads was a council matter.
He said: “We will continue to support public events, and will work with event organisers to ensure public safety is considered from the very start of the planning phase.
“Our local policing teams are part of the community and will very rightly play a key role in ensuring these events run smoothly.”