Reassurances Over Controversial Techno Event

Last few days of consultation over summer festival at Boston Manor Park


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Extra police, more security and improved litter removal are a few of the promises made to an Ealing Councillor over next year's Junction 2 festival.

The event, held under the M4 motorway in Boston Manor park, is described as ' an underground electronic music festival. It first took place on Saturday 4th June 2016 and last summer was described by MixMag as ' London's best techno event'  and it was a sell out. However,whilst music goers were largely happy both Hounslow and Ealing residents complained.

Hounslow are in the final stages of the consultation for issuing the licence for the 2018 event and Northfield ward Councillor David Millican has been liasing with Hounslow Council’s Chief Executive, Carillion, the company who run the parks for Hounslow; the event organizers themselves; as well as Brentford Councillors.

He said those who lived closest to the park were mostly concerned about anti-social behaviour, drunkenness, litter and noise, whereas Ealing residents had not been given enough notice of the event and were more affected by the noise which started at 8:00AM and finished at 10:30PM.

Organisers have told Cllr Millican that they will issue information about the event in advance to a wider area and provide a hot-line number.  They say they will be monitoring the noise, and if it exceeds permitted levels at a particular locality it can be acted upon. There will be extra police drafted in and paid for by the event organizers.  Security will be improved and  litter picking will be extended up to the Boston Parade where there are number of off-licences

It's proposed that Boston Manor Road up to Swyncombe Ave will be closed from 9:00PM until midnight to assist with the egress.

Organisers have applied to Hounslow Council for a license for two events covering Friday night and and Saturday in 2018. Friday night would be an evening concert for up to 4000 people on 8th June 2018, 6.30-10:30pm. Saturday 9th June would be the music festival from noon to 10:30pm. Both nights allow a further half hour for people to leave, closing at 11pm. Around 15,000 people are expected to attend.

If you wish to comment on the licence application please email by the 25th October with reference to the relevant considerations and evidence

October 26, 2017 23rd October 2017

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