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A new event for Whitby has run out of steam after council bosses said it would cause congestion and reducing parking in the town centre.

Organiser Simon Boak was busy planning a steam fair which would have taken place on Endeavour Wharf on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June this year.

But Mr Boak, who is also behind Pickering’s successful Traction Engine Rally, told the Whitby Gazette it will now not go ahead after the council refused permission in an email.

Mr Boak said it had previously given him the initial go-ahead to hold the event which would he said would have been a big boost on the weekend after the spring bank holiday.

“It’s disappointing. I was really fed up at first when I found out,” he said.

“I think it would have been really good for the town and it would have expanded year on year as well as creating interest in the vintage scene.

“It was a surprise when I got the email, it was like a bolt out of the blue.”

Mr Boak said he sent a second email querying why and was told that northern members of Scarborough Borough Council had said they were concerned the event would cause congestion and lose the council revenue from parking spaces.

“I had already said I would have paid for any lost revenue from the parking spaces that would have been taken up but the event would hopefully have created more revenue anyway,” he said.

“I had had a lot of interest from people wanting to bring traction engines and vintage vehicles, they would have come early to the event in the morning and parked up and stayed all day so they would not have caused congestion.

“It would not have cost anyone anything and would have been a bit of fun for everyone.”

A spokeswoman for Scarborough Borough Council said: “The borough council is aware of the issue but was unavailable to comment any further at the time of going to press.”