Beer Festival Organiser Seeks To Reassure Locals
Carsten Raun says the Oktoberfest will be tightly controlled
Oktoberfest organiser Carsten Raun has told local people that his German beer-festival on Acton Green Common for five days this August will be highly organised.
Mr. Raun attended a meeting in Chiswick last week in which he outlined how the Festival would be run, including monitoring levels of noise every fifteen minutes with Ealing Council personnel on site. The route to Turnham Green tube station would be fenced off with stewards in attendance, and the Sunday event will be for families.
An example of the poster used to advertise the Oktoberfest
The festival will be based in a giant marquee on Acton Green with a capacity of 1500, all seated. German oompah music from a live band will stop at 2200 and the DJ will stop at 2230. The organisers expect about 800 people to attend on Wednesday and Thursday, August 10/11 with full capacity at the weekend.
Ealing Council has given the go-ahead to the organisers of the five-day German-style beer festival this summer, despite local opposition from Bedford Park residents and a local church.
Those opposed believe it could lead to anti-social behaviour and they say such an event is not suitable for a Conservation Area. Ealing Council says that the application met all its requirements and it had consulted with residents and other interested parties. The event would be the only one on Acton Green this year.
The main points from Mr. Raun at the meeting, which was chaired by Cllr Andrew Steed of Southfield Ward, are as follows:
• Sound levels will be monitored at 15 minute intervals, and speakers will be angled away from houses. The aim is to keep the noise below 65db when measured close to the nearest house. Ealing Council personnel will be present at all times and they will be contactable on a mobile phone if residents have any noise, or other, complaints (07957593386).
• Toilet facilities will be provided. They will only be accessible from inside the tent. There will also be some toilets (6) on the route out towards Turnham Green station for people to use on leaving. The route across the green to and from the station will be fenced, and controlled by stewards. Attendees are encouraged to use public transport. Transport for London have been consulted and are satisfied that the tubes and buses will be able to cope with the expected numbers
An example of a beer festival in a giant marquee
• Preparation for the event will start on Monday, 8 August. There will be a sound test on the Wednesday before the event opens which residents will be invited to attend. The organiser expects about 800 people to attend on Wednesday and Thursday, and hopes to have full houses on Friday and Saturday. The timings are:
The site will be cleared by the evening of Monday, 15 August.
June 15, 2016