Gigs get support despite issues

by Gazette Reporter

THERE were 140 complaints made regarding concerts in Marlay Park, according to a new report published by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLR).
‘A Review of Marlay Park Concerts’ found “a number of complaints were received by DLR in regard to the concerts and the purpose of this document is to review these complaints and make recommendations where appropriate.”
There were 33 reports of antisocial behaviour, 52 cases of traffic or general disruption, 46 reports of noise and 12 concerns of lack of security. Other issues raised included illegal parking, littering complaints and reports regarding a lack of security.
The report also said the council “communicated directly with residents” and the relevant residents’ associations regarding the concert series.
Meetings were organised between residents and council officials; some of the documentation regarding those meetings are attached to the main report, according to the review report.
The council is also in regular contact with gardai and local residents regarding the event’s security, according to the report.
Ahead of the publication of the council’s findings, Cllr Chris Curran (SF), conducted his own review of homes in the Pine Valley to La Touche Court area to get an understanding of how the concerts were viewed, and if the appropriate measures were being taken to ensure disturbance was kept to a minimum.
Cllr Curran said: “I found that residents were generally happy to support the concerts, but the council, gardai, transport providers and promoters needed to pay more attention to the needs of the residents.
“I am confident that the council have the benefit of the whole community at heart, however much more community consultation is required.”
Within the study, Cllr Curran called for a reduced number of concerts to be held over the course of a few days, as opposed to over a few months in the summer.
Cllr Curran said the council and gardai must “consult the residents” ahead of the concerts.
There should be more public toilets and gardai on the streets following the event, he added. As part of his review, 68 individual homes in the area were called to, with 32 actively engaging with the survey.
The findings showed that 47% of those surveyed were affected negatively by the concerts. Some 33% were effected by noise, 67% by parking issues, and 40% by antisocial behaviour. Despite this, the study also received positive feedback, with those surveyed saying the concert series was “well policed” and “not too intrusive”. Residents also found the concerts to be “tolerable” and “manageable”.

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