We Are Festival Update
A residents consultation meeting was held on 25 March which around 40 people attended. The organisers set out the improvements to arrangements they are introducing for this year’s Festival on 30 and 31 May. Firstly they have reduced the number of indoor and outdoor stages and reduced the decibel level that will be permitted. This will be further reduced significantly after 11pm on both evenings. Noise levels will be monitored at all times and a helpline number set up to report concerns.
Set out below are the road closures and access arrangements which will operate during the Festival weekend. Meadowside Road, Londons Close and Sunnings Lane will have access for residents only, Stubbers Lane will be One Way southbound, no access from Dennises Lane, with no entry to public vehicles from Ockendon Road at peak times. Bramble Lane, one way westbound, no access from Aveley Road. Aveley Road, no access to public vehicles between the junction with Warwick Lane and the entrance to the Festival site. Restricted access from the junction with Harwood Hall Lane, restricted access for local residents, local businesses and the Gerpins Lane tip. Harwood Hall Lane will be one Way Eastbound, with no access from Corbets Tey Road.
There is likely to be increased traffic on other roads. There will be Marshalls on all road closures who will be briefed as to alternative routes and allow access to residents and businesses. There will be a helpline number published closer to the time. This will be available on the Festival website http://www.wearefstvl.com/ and on Upminster and Cranham Residents’ website, www.ucra.co.uk . The organisers will be undertaking a leaflet drop to a large number of roads closer to the event with further details. Road closure signs will be in place closer to the event but by publishing these road closures well in advance it should allow residents to plan their journeys to avoid these areas. The organisers will be running shuttle buses, coaches and taxis to the site to minimise the use of cars, although car parking at the site will be in place.
Cllr Linda Van den Hende