Calls for music event to be moo-ved on

A family fears the Moo Project music festival will cause disruption.
A family fears the Moo Project music festival will cause disruption.
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A councillor has backed a family’s calls to stop a music event set to return to a field on their doorstep.

The Moo Project, which involves an outdoor stage featuring DJs, was held off Norcross Lane in Norcross in May and attracted hundreds of revellers.

Wyre Council has now granted the organisers a second events notice for August 3, much to the dismay of Martin Sloan, a Carleton resident.

He has written to the council asking them to reconsider their decision after, he says, the last event prevented his three children from sleeping until the music stopped.

In a letter of objection addressed to Wyre Council, he wrote: “The level of noise, particularly the bass thud and the screams of 500 individuals was appalling – even inside the house with all the windows closed to the extent where it prevented my children from sleeping in the evening.”

Coun May Gandhi, ward councillor for Carleton ward, added: “It’s dreadful they’ve been allowed to come back after all of these problems last time.

“There are a lot of people concerned and I’m encouraging people to write and strongly object to it.”

A spokesman for Wyre Council said: “Temporary event applications of this nature do not require public consultation, however following a comprehensive multi-agency debrief of the previous event in May and taking into consideration residents’ views, a number of conditions have been attached to the licence.

“In particular, audible music must finish at 11pm, an hour earlier than the last event, low frequency 
bass noise will be reduced and the organiser has been asked to notify more people in the area that the event is taking place.”

Ryan Bleakley, Moo Project operations manager, added: “Our operating schedule contained a large number of strict conditions set by the council, police and environmental services relating to certain aspects of the event such as noise, health and safety and crime and disorder, however it seems you (Mr Sloan) were out of our leaflet distribution area which informed residents of certain aspects which may affect them.”

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