Creamfields organizers pledge to make changes following concerns raised by residents

The ORGANIZERS of the annual Creamfields Music Festival pledged to make changes ahead of this year’s event at a public meeting hosted by Warrington South MP Andy Carter.

Mr Carter hosted a second open meeting for residents of Hatton, Stretton and Walton with Creamfields festival organizer John Probyn this weekend, in preparation for the annual music festival which returns later this year.

The meeting held on Saturday morning at the parish halls of Higher Walton follows a similar event after the 2021 festival highlighting concerns over unsafe parking, a lack of event marshals and difficulty in accessing residents at their home during the event.

As well as borough and parish councilors from each village, the meeting was also attended by Cheshire Police who gave an update on Operation Servator to secure the site and prevent drugs being available to festival-goers.

Commenting after the meeting, Mr Carter said: “Over 80,000 music lovers converge on South Warrington for this festival every year, it benefits our local economy with millions of pounds going to the hospitality sector, but it has also impact on people who live nearby.

“Festival organizers have made a number of changes after feedback received last year, including moving some of the car parks closer to homes, increasing the number of security guards outside the perimeter and constructing a temporary footbridge over Daresbury Lane to allow the road to remain open to residents.

Mr Carter added: ‘The organizers are keen to hear from local charities who may want to support the clean-up operation after the event, collecting tents and camping gear left behind. There will be another meeting open to residents in early July where the traffic management company will provide a briefing on the temporary traffic orders that will be in place over the bank holiday weekend.

Anyone wishing to attend the public meeting can email [email protected]

Jan G. Gilbert