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05 August 2012 @ 05:03 pm
Manchester Parklife Festival One Month On  
We live quite close to Platt Fields Park which is one of Manchester's major open air venues. It is also, mostly, a very nice park. We've always been supportive of the idea that the park should be used for events, seeing it as a way for Platt Fields to "pay its way", especially in these straightened times. The Parklife Festival is the largest regular event to use the park and involves much of the place being closed to the public for two weeks while the stages are set up and then taken down. There was a lot of controversy this year over the decision to allow the event a license to use the park given that the place clearly strained under the numbers last year. Among other things the local community received an assurance that a professional "Sports Ground Recovery" company would be used to restore the park after the event.

While I was taking these I spotted a couple of "drains" people investigating gutters which may, or may not, have been a sign of progress. A week later a public meeting was held about the state of the park but I couldn't attend so I'm not sure what the up-shot was. I do wonder if the event organisers decided there was no way they were going to get a license next year, no matter what happened, and so completely abandoned any attempt to restore the park after it was used.

This was all about three weeks ago (I said I was behind on blogging) and, what with one thing and another, I've not been back to the park since. Maybe I should do a Two Months On post as well and see if things have improved.

The Manchester Mega Mela which was due to be held in the park in July has now been postponed until August. Allegedly this was because of a poor weather forecast but I can't help feeling that the fact that they would be starting out the event with a mud bath must have played into the decision.

The rather gloomy realisation that the the money raised by licensing the park to these events does not actually get paid back into park maintenance doesn't really improve the local opinion of the matter.

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louisedennislouisedennis on August 5th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
I keep wondering what will happen when Park Life ask for a license next year... because if they get one I think there will be massive local anger, but that probably won't much worry the bigwigs at the council.