A 10-year deal has been agreed to provide Park and Ride facilities for the annual Christmas Fayre in Bury.
Claas UK is providing 1,000 parking spaces at its Saxham site to cope with peak demand for the three day event which attracts more than 100,000 visitors who bring in £750,000 to the local economy,
The £200,000 deal is shared between the business and council with St Edmundsbury providing £50,000 and Suffolk County Council the remaining £50,000 portion.
It is estimated that in the past the cost of providing a temporary site each year has been between £12,000 and £15,000.
A report to St Edmundsbury Borough Council on Monday will explain that this represents a 50 per cent saving each year.
Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “Our seasonal park and ride facilities are an extremely important and much welcomed part of the Christmas Fayre’s success but we have struggled to cope with demand on a number of temporary sites. This agreement is a superb solution on many levels for both partners and I am delighted to be working with Claas UK. It is great value for the taxpayer, it is convenient for visitors, it supports local employment and underpins local prosperity.”
Trevor Tyrrell, chief executive of Claas UK, said: “We have a 4.5 acre area for buffer storage of our products which are shipped from our factories in Europe through Harwich and Felixstowe ports. We also show customers from all over the world how our advanced products can help them but the site is largely unused in early Autumn.We had been planning to upgrade the storage yard and were delighted to consider the council’s approach to work together.
“The Claas family have been farming and doing business in the borough since the 1940s and we are part of the way of life in West Suffolk. All of us, staff and family, are very pleased to help celebrate the success of Bury St Edmunds.”
This year’s Christmas Fayre runs from Friday November 29 to Sunday December 1.