The annual canal festival has proved the most successful event in the town’s calendar for bringing people to Leighton-Linslade. Despite cutbacks in its size and organisation it continued to draw record numbers this year.
Now Leighton-Linslade Town Council is planning to bring in a consultant, at a cost of less than £1,500, to come up with a five year business plan for the festival to come up with a vision as to how it will evolve.
Two workshops will be held next month for officers and councillors to thrash out ideas that will help form the foundations of the plan with a draft going to the town council’s events sub committee in February and possible ratification by the leisure and community committee in April.
Town clerk Mark Saccoccio told the LBO: “We need a business plan because we want to see where the council wants to go with it. Where do we see it in five years time? Has it grown as big as it should be? What will happen if it grows further and do we want it to grow?
“An outside consultant would be unbiased, objective and bring fresh ideas.
“We need to explore how we can generate income from it and how it can be developed.”