CARNIVAL organisers are being assured that damaged park gates will not stand in the way of their traditional parade.

Northwich Town Council has applied for funding to repair the gates and pillars at the main entrance to Verdin Park, in Castle Street, and hopes to carry out the work in June.

But it has confirmed that there will be no obstacles for Northwich Carnival's parade to make its way through the entrance to Verdin Park on carnival day July 3.

Chris Shaw, town council clerk, said: "We have applied for funding to repair the gates and pillar to Verdin Park after the damage caused by a vehicle strike.

"We're hoping to carry out the repairs at the beginning of June so it won't impact the carnival taking place.

"If our funding bid is not successful the gates and pillar will be removed to allow the carnival to carry on on its natural route."

Work has also started to repair a damaged side pillar and gate at Witton Cemetery, which should be finished in five weeks.