Thursday, 31 January 2013

Palmer Park events answers to questions

Following my previous post on the draft timetable of events for Palmer Park over the summer, I had a number of enquiries around parking and finishing times. Here is the response from the Council – rest assured that we will keep an eye on things, but please keep the feedback coming:

"Dear Councillor White,
Many thanks for your email.
The Palmer Park site was specifically chosen as a host to events and activities due to it’s location in the heart of a community and it’s accessibility using many forms of transport. In addition to the free parking onsite, there are strong public transport links with Bus Routes 13, 14, 17 and 190 stopping at the site, and cycle routes R3 & R30 travelling to / through the site.
It is also envisaged that the majority of people attending the community events and activities will be from the local neighbourhood and will therefore travel by foot from the surrounding residential areas. Where there are slightly larger scale events being planned, the promotion of public transport links and also the utilisation of the park and ride scheme (near the Showcase Cinema at Winnersh Crossroads) will be one of the main considerations. 
The location of the event area is alongside the stadium (London Road side) in the centre of the park. This area has been chosen to ensure that it will be screened from view on all sides and will also be a good distance away from nearby residential properties.
For circus and funfair activities in particular, all operators are instructed (as far as is practicable) to locate and position amusements upon site to minimise noise disturbance, with a closing time of (no later than) 10.00pm every night apart from Saturday when it shall be 10.30pm and on Sunday at 9.00pm.
Where applicable, events and activities that take place at the site will need to go through Reading Borough Council’s licensing process, where appropriate operating times will be set-out.
I hope this answers your queries – if you do have any further thoughts or concerns then please don’t hesitate to contact me."

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