Residents’ anger over circus plans

NMAC11-0469-1''Mansfield Fisher Lane Park from Windsor Road
NMAC11-0469-1''Mansfield Fisher Lane Park from Windsor Road

ANGRY householders have voiced their concerns over plans for a circus and other live events at a Mansfield park.

Mansfield District Council’s parks department has applied for an entertainments licence to host events at Fisher Lane Park.

But the plans have been met with concern by residents living on nearby Windsor Road amid fears over noise and an increase in traffic.

Said one householder, who asked not to be named: “The park is completely surrounded by residents and it is unacceptably loud.

“Since they set up the skate park there, we have had a lot of traffic and people parking on the road.

“I would not want to enforce this on people.”

The site is often used for visiting fairs and if the application is given the green light, the licence would allow for acts to perform on any day of the week, between 10am - 9.30pm

Added the resident: “There will be fumes, traffic and anti-social behaviour problems if it is passed.

“I know they have to provide some kind of entertainment but we cannot sit out in our garden.”

Another Windsor Road resident said she already had problems with skate park users urinating against her fence and smoking in the trees near her garden.

The mum-of-two felt the arrival of touring circuses would only worsen the situation.

“It is the hours and the amount of time they want to use it,” she said.

“From 10am to 9.30pm there will be a lot of noise and people using my fence as a lavatory. I want my boys in bed at night but they will not be able to have the window open.

“Of course it is exciting to have the circus but we do not want it every weekend. There are apparently wardens who clean up for the skate park but I’ve never seen them.”

Eakring ward councillor Stephen Garner said he would campaign for residents if they opposed the plans.

“It would have to go to a licensing committee and I will support them there,” he said.

“I personally would not want it if I lived on Windsor Road.”

A council spokesman said the parks department had applied for a premises licence after being approached by organisers of a non-animal circus interested in staging events in Mansfield

Said the spokesman: “During this period, statutory consultees such as the police, Mansfield District Council Environmental Health and the Nottinghamshire Fire Service will consider any potential impact the application may have on the licensing objectives and may negotiate restrictions, such as limiting the number of events per year or measures to reduce noise levels for instance.”

If the scheme goes ahead, the parks department would have to make sure event organisers submit a noise impact assessment to the council’s environmental health department beforehand.

l A public meeting to discuss the application will take place at Sandhills WMC on Broxtowe Drive at 7pm, tomorrow.

Residents have until 14th March to have their say on the matter.

For details, visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/licensingpolicy or contact Mansfield 463181.