Organisers behind the UK’s largest mobile theme park today revealed it won’t be returning to Aberdeen this year.
Thomson Funfairs hoped to apply for a public entertainment licence and it was expected the event could be in the city for at least a month.
The theme park proved a hit with the public last year when it took place for two weeks at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.
But talks between Aberdeen City Council’s events team and the firm over the potential use of Hazlehead Park to host the funfair have now broken down and the event is no longer likely to take place this year.
The local authority said issues including noise, the potential damage to the park and infrastructure, and existing event commitments in the area were the reasons behind talks stalling. Instead, the firm is now putting on an event in Glasgow, outside Celtic Park.
An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “The funpark was refused permission on the grounds of potential damage to grounds and infrastructure; existing event commitments and resting periods required for the ground of the park to recover.
“The nature of this type of activity will cause a conflict with our current park users through potential sound and light nuisance complaints from the park cafe, golf course, horse riding stables, sports pitches, pets corner, residences within the park and general park users.
“There are also concerns over the impact on residents of the area.”
Co-owner of Thomson Funfairs John Thomson said: “It’s off the cards unless something changes which hopefully it does.”