Open air venue plan opposed
RESIDENTS living near Peterborough’s Ferry Meadows country park are battling to halt plans to stage open air events attracting up to 5,000 people to the beauty spot.
The Nene Park Trust submitted an application to Peterborough City Council last month for a premises licence to host events for up to 5,000 people at the country park.
Objections have been officially lodged with the city council over the plans by seven local residents, plus a petition signed by five people.
However, more residents have come forward to The Evening Telegraph to object to the trust’s plans.
The main thrust of their concerns lie with insufficient parking and poor access to the site via its entrance on Ham Lane.
Alan Todhunter (62) has lived in Whitewater, Orton Wistow, since it was built in 1986.
Every year he sees many people using nearby Wistow Way to park their cars for the site’s biggest current event, Firework Fiesta, before walking through the estate to get into the site.
He said: “It will be similar to the debacle seen when the new retail park opened in Peterborough Road.
“I can imagine parking in Wistow Way, and perhaps in the developments leading off it, may become a problem should larger events be staged in Ferry Meadows in the future.”
However, Paul Panico (46), also of Whitewater, said: “I believe there will be a substantial impact from noise from events in the park and this could be on a continual event basis throughout the year.
“Ferry Meadows should remain as a country park – and not edge towards becoming an entertainment venue. “
He added: “The trust has not sufficiently publicised its application.”
However, visitor services manager Susan Taylor said the trust put up notices in Ferry Meadows detailing the plans.
They also sent letters to more than 200 residents and issued notices to the media.
She said: “Obviously, it’s difficult for everyone to see or hear about what we are doing. We tried to be as open and honest as we possibly could.”
The matter will now be decided by the council’s licensing committee on July 5.
Mrs Taylor said the meeting will give the trust the chance to address the residents’ concerns.
She added: “What we are doing is going through the representations made to the council so we can be ready for the meeting.”
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