“By no means once more!” – that is the plea of Jesmond residents left fuming by the “diabolical” noise from final weekend’s That is Tomorrow pageant.
The three-day music pageant, headlined by stars together with Noel Gallagher and Stereophonics, introduced greater than 30,000 folks into Newcastle’s Exhibition Park over the financial institution vacation weekend.
However residents in close by Brandling Park say that the noise reached “unbelievable” ranges, far above something they’ve skilled from earlier occasions together with the Hoppings and the Newcastle Mela.
They’re now calling on Newcastle Metropolis Council and the Newcastle Parks Belief, the charity which took management of town’s inexperienced areas earlier this yr, to spare them from extra large live shows sooner or later.
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Marilyn Zack, who has lived in Brandling Park for greater than 30 years, mentioned: “I’m shocked and really feel saddened that the council brushes off actual issues of residents so flippantly.
“There may be nothing we are able to do about final weekend now, however we are able to attempt to forestall such a giant, industrial occasion occurring on our doorstep ever once more.”
Neighbour Chris Bates, 72, added: “It was unbelievable. I used to be in church on Sunday morning and even when the organ was enjoying I might nonetheless hear the music from the pageant.”
One other resident, who requested to stay nameless, mentioned: “It was diabolical, three days of completely extreme noise.”
The council had already come below hearth earlier than the pageant began for closing off an enormous part of the park over the weekend – leaving the general public unable to entry its playground, cafe, and tennis courts.
Des Matheson, chairman of the Brandling Park Residents’ Affiliation, mentioned he understands the necessity to discover new sources of money to guard town’s parks – however that different places corresponding to Paddy Freeman’s or Leazes Park also needs to be used, fairly than Exhibition Park bearing the brunt.
He added: “I do know there are a variety of residents who’re completely adamant that that is disgraceful and disgusting.
“Sadly, cash is brief. In order for you parks and allotments then it is advisable to generate revenue to keep up them.
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“It’s the greater parks that need to generate many of the cash and assist the smaller ones. I hope that they are going to give a substantial quantity of that revenue to the parks that host these occasions fairly than those that don’t or can’t, due to the disruption it has triggered right here.”
Council officers admit that noise ranges did exceed their restrict, which was set at not more than 15 decibels above regular in residential areas, and so they have additionally been hit with complaints that a hotline quantity given out to residents to contact with any issues was not working.
A spokesperson for Newcastle Metropolis Council mentioned: “That is Tomorrow, being held for the primary time at Exhibition Park, was a superb weekend with some superb efficiency from the star-studded line-up.
“This pageant, like related occasions held in main cities throughout the UK, actually grabbed the eye with an general attendance of greater than 30,000 for the weekend. This can have had an financial good thing about round £6m for Newcastle.
“Open air city live shows inevitably trigger noise overspill into residential communities. To steadiness the wants of residents and promote occasions within the metropolis we ensured there was prior notification for individuals who had been probably to be impacted.
“Noise ranges had been monitored all through and we had been working in direction of maintaining them inside ranges deemed acceptable by means of nationwide steering.
“On events the noise did exceed these ranges and in such situations we instructed the sound technicians to scale back the quantity.
“We apologise for any difficulties skilled with phone strains over the weekend. This expertise will type a part of the reviewing course of.”
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James Cross, chief govt of Newcastle Parks and Allotments Belief , mentioned final week: “Guaranteeing extra folks have the prospect to take pleasure in Newcastle’s superb open areas by attending actions and occasions is one thing we’ll proceed to do.
“From neighborhood gatherings to artwork and cultural performances, out of doors train to some larger-scale occasions, these will all add to the experiences on supply within the metropolis’s parks and allotments.
“Occasions like That is Tomorrow assist generate income that we are going to reinvest to verify town’s inexperienced areas proceed to be someplace folks of all ages and backgrounds can take pleasure in.
“The revenue from town’s parks is reinvested to assist guarantee these necessary areas are self-sustainable and can at all times stay free to enter and revel in.”