More worries over moving of festival

First published in Letters by

DEREK PATERSON (Letters, January 19) is right to be concerned about the proposed use of Rawcliffe Country Park for the Galtres Festival, but not simply for the reasons stated. The music can just about be tolerated for the duration.

The festival originated as a small event, held behind the local pub in Crayke; subsequent venues have been Sutton Park and latterly adjacent to the village of Crayke.

Although billed as a three-day event, it can in reality take up to a month to set up and dismantle. The inconvenience and congestion was a cause for concern.

One resident was detained for almost an hour in traffic while trying to drive her husband to hospital.

Another year the local GP was denied vehicular access to the village, having to take a very long route to see a patient.

Wherever it takes place it is unlikely to be welcomed by most residents. The festival requires a considerable amount of space, a good road network, which, to my mind, does not equate with York outer ring road on a Bank Holiday weekend.

Catherine Porter, Crayke, York.

 

• I TOTALLY agree with the comments of Derek Paterson. Although I live in Clifton Without, there is no doubt that the impact of this festival could cover this parish as well as Rawcliffe, Skelton and Poppleton. In particular A music licence until 2am each day An alcohol licence (for a family event?) until 23.59 each day An event which 7,000 people are expected to attend each but no firm details on where overnight campers are to stay Shortage of car park facilities – the overflow from Rawcliffe P&R going to Rawcliffe and Clifton Without streets.

It also concerns me that, yet again, the leader of City of York Council has already decided that this festival is “good for York” and is trying to smooth the way for it to occur. It has already been agreed that the Rawcliffe P&R service (sponsored by the council) will operate until 2.30am each day. If it is that good then why not hold it in his constituency?

Neil Raw, Oriel Grove, Clifton Without, York.

 

• DEREK PATERSON (Letters, January 19) fears damage to Rawcliffe Country Park and noise disturbance if Galtres Festival takes place there in August.

These are natural concerns. However, our plans for the event, which will accompany our licence application, benefit from the lessons learned from Kaboom, and also from talking to community groups and parish councils and responding to concerns.

Acceptable noise levels will be agreed in advance with City of York Council. Through sophisticated sound projection techniques we will ensure the agreed levels are never exceeded.

Protecting the park is also a key part of our plans. The surface damage evident after Kaboom was caused by production vehicles before the event which moved onto the park before the trackway had been laid. That won’t be allowed to happen at Galtres Festival.

We are also working with the Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows and with York Natural Environment Trust to ensure the surrounding area is respected and protected.

What we find most disappointing is that Rawcliffe parish council opposed the festival licence application before parish councillors and the public had the opportunity to find out about and debate the proposals.

By contrast we have received huge support from people who live near to Rawcliffe Country Park who are excited about the possibility of such a well-run and enjoyable event taking place in such a convenient location.

James Houston, Galtres Festival director.

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10:36am Wed 23 Jan 13

pedalling paul says...

Right next to the national cycle network route 65 as well...........perha
ps they should move the event to route 66 to get some kicks.......that goes along the old Derwent Valley railway and passes the Farming Museum at Murton.
Right next to the national cycle network route 65 as well...........perha ps they should move the event to route 66 to get some kicks.......that goes along the old Derwent Valley railway and passes the Farming Museum at Murton. pedalling paul
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12:21pm Wed 23 Jan 13

jamesh8827 says...

Catherine Porter's letter is most misleading. Last year there was no traffic congestion arising from Galtres Festival. Doctors (including Catherine Porter's father) were supplied with passes for Crayke Lane - and any blue or green light services were let through the road closure without delay.
The "very long detour" for other types of traffic amounted to four additional miles.
We will work closely with police and highways to address traffic and parking issues, and will deploy an effective traffic management team throughout.
Catherine Porter's letter is most misleading. Last year there was no traffic congestion arising from Galtres Festival. Doctors (including Catherine Porter's father) were supplied with passes for Crayke Lane - and any blue or green light services were let through the road closure without delay. The "very long detour" for other types of traffic amounted to four additional miles. We will work closely with police and highways to address traffic and parking issues, and will deploy an effective traffic management team throughout. jamesh8827
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12:46pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

An alcohol licence (for a family event?)

Strange point to make.
Heard of family pubs?
You can buy alcohol at the cinema.
Family restaurants serve alcohol.

It's a festival.
Wouldn't be much of one without a drink or two.
[quote]An alcohol licence (for a family event?) [/quote] Strange point to make. Heard of family pubs? You can buy alcohol at the cinema. Family restaurants serve alcohol. It's a festival. Wouldn't be much of one without a drink or two. Buzz Light-year
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1:48pm Wed 23 Jan 13

yorkiemum says...

Here we go again!!! Same people who complained about the fireworks! These events are once a year meaning that for the rest of the time Mr Raw and Mr Paterson can rest in peace. Remember you're a long time dead
Here we go again!!! Same people who complained about the fireworks! These events are once a year meaning that for the rest of the time Mr Raw and Mr Paterson can rest in peace. Remember you're a long time dead yorkiemum
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2:37pm Wed 23 Jan 13

/kev/null says...

To be fair the Kaboom event did tear up the ground in the park pretty badly and it's still the same now, so I can understand people who use the park being a bit hacked off about it. I use the park regularly too so I spoke to the Galtres organisers about it a couple of weeks ago and I know they have put together a set of plans to avoid the kind of damage caused by the fireworks event.

I've attended their festival at Crayke the last few years and it really is great for families and features a lot of local talent. Don't be too quick to NIMBY them to death, please.
To be fair the Kaboom event did tear up the ground in the park pretty badly and it's still the same now, so I can understand people who use the park being a bit hacked off about it. I use the park regularly too so I spoke to the Galtres organisers about it a couple of weeks ago and I know they have put together a set of plans to avoid the kind of damage caused by the fireworks event. I've attended their festival at Crayke the last few years and it really is great for families and features a lot of local talent. Don't be too quick to NIMBY them to death, please. /kev/null
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2:47pm Wed 23 Jan 13

YSTClinguist says...

Forget about being next to the Cycle Track, I'd be more concerned it's next to the treatment plant. I took some kids up to the BMX pump track and I struggled to breathe up there. I think if I'd have been riding on the track and pushing hard I'd have ended up vomiting. Is this horrible smell in the air gone all of a sudden?
Forget about being next to the Cycle Track, I'd be more concerned it's next to the treatment plant. I took some kids up to the BMX pump track and I struggled to breathe up there. I think if I'd have been riding on the track and pushing hard I'd have ended up vomiting. Is this horrible smell in the air gone all of a sudden? YSTClinguist
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2:55pm Wed 23 Jan 13

jamesh8827 says...

Yorkshire Water can schedule the release of gases so as to avoid any events in the adjacent country park.

By way of contingency we are also investigating 'air cannons' which can mask smells with, for example, the smell of wood smoke.
Yorkshire Water can schedule the release of gases so as to avoid any events in the adjacent country park. By way of contingency we are also investigating 'air cannons' which can mask smells with, for example, the smell of wood smoke. jamesh8827
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9:22pm Wed 23 Jan 13

stopatred says...

wouldnt like to walk past when yorkshire water release the gases and smoking a fag, shower of s**t everywhere.
wouldnt like to walk past when yorkshire water release the gases and smoking a fag, shower of s**t everywhere. stopatred
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8:28am Sat 26 Jan 13

Ray winter says...

Nimby? It is in my back yard and im looking forward to it
Nimby? It is in my back yard and im looking forward to it Ray winter
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