Open air venue plan op­posed

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update - By NICK REINIS

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.”

Pic­ture: DAVID LOWN­DES

AD­VICE: Peter­bor­ough Car­ers Cen­tre man­ager Chris­tine Atkin­son, project sup­port of­fi­cer Holly Ing­ham and carer Diane Brown with the new car­ers direc­tory. (METP-16-06-10DL049)

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Ferry Mead­ows could be used for ma­jor en­ter­tain­ments

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