Parklife returns for another year – SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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The Parklife event will be returning to Heaton Park over the weekend of 7-8 June 2014, from 11:00 to 23:00 both days, with last entry to ticketholders being at 17:00.


The below information is from Manchester City Council. 


Your Prestwich Councillors are working closely with the Parklife organisers to ensure that any potential impact on the neighbourhood is kept to a minimum. Lessons learnt from previous events, and feedback from residents following last year’s Parklife, have been taken into account as we have planned Parklife 2014.


Access to Heaton Park – We know that Heaton Park is a well used local resource and we aim to minimise disruption, however, as with any major event, we need to ensure the safety of park users, spectators and contractors alike. The area of the Papal Field and its surrounds will be fenced off to allow for the event-build between Wednesday 21 May and Monday 16 June (we anticipate a week being required to clear the site after the event, but this may be subject to weather conditions and/or other factors.) We ask all park users to respect that this area is a working event site, and to keep to the designated routes around the park. Maps will be displayed at all Park gates.


We will be working closely with Parklife organisers to ensure that the Park is protected throughout the duration of the event, and that any damage caused is rectified as soon as possible afterwards.


Noise Control – Vanguardia Acoustic Consultants have been appointed by Parklife organisers to develop a noise management plan to minimise noise nuisance to local residents. Vanguardia will work closely with Manchester City Council’s Environmental Health team to monitor noise levels throughout the event, both within the site and at agreed points adjacent to residential properties, adjusting the sound systems if necessary.


The summary below shows times of amplified sound:


Friday 6 June Saturday 7 June Sunday 8 June 17:00-22:00 – Soundchecks Saturday 7 June 10:00-11:00– Soundchecks 11:00-23:00 – Live Event Sunday 8 June 10:00-11:00– Soundchecks 11:00-23:00 – Live Event We are aware that this is exam time for St Monica’s High School and are liaising with the school to ensure that this important time for students is not disturbed, hence Friday’s soundchecks will only start once exams have finished.


Traffic and Transport Management – A detailed traffic management plan has been prepared and agreed in conjunction with Parklife organisers, Manchester City Council’s and Bury Council’s Highways teams, Transport for Greater Manchester, Metrolink, bus operators and taxi operators.


The overall strategy involves minimising the amount of on-street parking by encouraging greater use of public transport.


A shuttle-bus service will be in operation, as last year, from both the University area in Fallowfield and the City Centre – which will drop-off and pick up festival-goers within the park.


Event Parking will be provided within Heaton Park, the cost of which has been reduced this year in order to encourage greater use of the car parks. Event specific signage will direct drivers to use event car parks on all routes to Heaton Park.


A Taxi operation will be based in the car-park off Sheepfoot Lane and we are working with Bury Council to tackle the problem of private hire taxi drop off through increased enforcement.


We realise that there was an impact last year on the surrounding streets and residents with on-street parking, and have been using feedback to inform the plans for this year. If your street is due to be affected by any of our Traffic Management plans, you will receive details of these plans in a follow up letter a week before the event.


Litter and Waste Management – an onsite dedicated cleansing team will be on site prior to, during and after the event. Their responsibility will be litter clearance within the event site, the surrounding park area, and the roads and pavements in the local vicinity. We are also working in conjunction with neighbouring Local Authorities to ensure that the cleanliness of the wider surrounding area is maintained. Dedicated jet washing and litter response teams will also be brought in as an additional resource for Parklife.


Security and Policing – Greater Manchester Police have been involved in the Parklife planning process and will have an event specific deployment over the weekend. They will be working with Showsec, Parklife’s security company, to help manage the local environment during periods of ingress and egress for the event.


The external security patrol around the park has been significantly increased for this year and, taking into account feedback from 2013, we have identified additional areas for these patrols.


There will be a Designated Public Places Order in place on the roads surrounding Heaton Park during Parklife, which prohibits the drinking of alcohol from open vessels. GMP will take a targeted approach to the enforcement of this order where appropriate. People attending Parklife are being advised through pre-event information that any alcohol should be taken into Heaton Park, where drinking is permitted – this will be endorsed by security staff and on-street signage.


Toilet Provision – As well as the toilets provided within the Parklife site and wider park, toilets will also be placed at external locations, concentrating on key areas such as transport hubs and walking routes. Following feedback from 2013, the number of toilets at each location is being increased and additional, new locations are being considered. We are also looking at ways in which to screen urinals from public view.


Community Information Sessions and Contact Line – A Community Information Drop in session will be held on Friday 23 May 2014 at the Orangery, Heaton Park, from 5–8pm. A presentation will give an overview of the event at 5.00pm and again at 6.30pm. This will give the opportunity to ask questions and to understand the planning that has taken place so far.


Should you have any queries or complaints please use the contact details below: Pre-event each day 9am – 4.30pm Friday 6 June 2014 9am – 10pm 0161-773 1085 Saturday 7 June 2014 10am – 1am Sunday 8 June 2014 10am – 1am 0161-954 9005 The email address throughout is:

Ivan Lewis YOUR MP for bury south

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