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Organisers Of Warrington's Neighbourhood Weekender Festival Want To "Minimise" Disruption To Locals This Year

Thursday, January 31st, 2019 7:42am

By Aran Dhillon - Local Democracy Reporter

The organisers of a music festival which generated £2.5 million for Warrington’s economy are aiming to minimise disruption for residents at this year’s event.

The two-day Neighbourhood Weekender at Victoria Park last May was hailed as a major success.

It saw around 25,000 people attend each day to see a variety of bands.

As well as generating £2.5 million for Warrington’s economy, a review into the event said the profile of the borough from a cultural perspective was ‘significantly raised’.

However, 18 recommendations were drawn up ahead of this year’s event, with the festival returning to Victoria Park on May 25 and May 26.

The recommendations included a review of controlled parking zone arrangements, a review of the delivery of parking permits, to improve car park signage, to consider additional taxi drop-off points near the site, extra security and a review of the provision of toilet facilities.

And the Neighbourhood Festival Team has sent letters out to residents in the area to provide an update.

In the letter, the teams says it wishes to make Neighbourhood Weekender ‘an enjoyable event for all attendees, while keeping disruption to a minimum for residents’.

“We aim to cause minimum disruption to residents and have again employed an external noise consultant and management team, Vanguardia, who will complete both on site and off site noise readings,” it said.

“Music will be played from several sources on the event days from noon through to 10.30pm.

“We are working again closely with Warrington Borough Council, highways, police and an external traffic management company, SEP Events, to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum, although there will be higher than usual traffic density.

“Festival attendees will enter the park from Knutsford Road – we will be placing stewards and security down this road from the station to ensure this process is as quick as possible and causes as little disruption as possible.

“There will be a security, steward and police presence within the event, park and surrounding areas to ensure the event is safe for both residents and attendees.”

A pre-event consultation meeting for residents takes place on the top floor of the stadium building at Victoria Park between 6pm and 8pm on March 4.

A post-event meeting for residents will be held in June.

Following feedback from last year’s event, a higher level of security and stewards will be placed on Knutsford Road for the duration of the event.

An external cleaning company – which will clean the event site, as well as the external areas both overnight and after the festival – has also been appointed.

The letter added: “Within this team is a community impact team, who will be dedicated to cleaning residential areas.

“Following residents’ feedback and suggestions from last year we are looking at other areas external to the park to place toilets for those entering and leaving the festival.”

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