Manchester City Council and event organisers are ‘confirming’ that the Parklife Weekender 2015 will take place in Heaton Park on June 6 and 7 (though we probably all knew that when the additional Friday concert of the Courteneers was announced in Heaton Park a few months ago!).
Parklike have also announced the establishment of a dedicated ‘Community Impact Taskforce’ – apparently inspired by operations run at Glastonbury and other leading festivals – to prepare for this year’s Parklife event and to support the effective management of people to and from the area over the weekend.
According to an announcement from Parklike:
“The taskforce, made up of representatives from Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police and the Parklife organisers – supported by the neighbouring local authorities – will be responsible for implementing additional security measures to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in areas surrounding the park. The group will also look into enhancing existing arrangements to improve cleaning, parking and noise management, and make sure there are effective travel arrangements in place to minimise disruption to residents, including putting an effective taxi operation in place to support the Metrolink and the Parklife Express shuttle bus services.
The taskforce will also review how local businesses can benefit from the festival as well as how the local community can benefit from educational, employment and volunteering opportunities, such as arranging visits to the festival site by schools and colleges before the event.
Other measures are also being developed including investing in ground drainage to make sure the park recovers quickly following large events.”
Jon Drape, Parklife event director, said: “Parklife Festival values the views of the local community and takes on board the feedback from last year. Through setting up the Community Impact Taskforce and working closely with the Local Authorities and Greater Manchester Police, Parklife Festival aims to strengthen its relationship with the surrounding area and minimise any potential negative impact from the festival, as well as generating greater benefits to local businesses, colleges and charities.”
Heaton Park have told us that there will be opportunities to feed into this ‘event taskforce’ in advance, to make that residents views and concerns are heard and taken account of. There are a lot of points that we know need to be raised, but please do not hesitate to get in touch if there are particular issues that need to be discussed with the event organisers.