Park set to double capacity in bid to host more events

Events: Rockprest on Preston's Moor Park this year
Events: Rockprest on Preston's Moor Park this year
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Town Hall chiefs are hoping to double the capacity of a city park as it bids to host more large-scale events.

Bosses at Preston Council want to increase the licensed capacity of Moor Park from 9,999 to 19,999 in the new events area, and also allow the sale of alcohol.

Leaders behind the plans say it is aimed to attract visitors from across the region and beyond, and are asking neighbours to have their say.

The council was given a lottery grant of £1,725,000 for the restoration of the park, which includes the creation of a purpose-built events are in the middle of the park.

Tim Joel, the council’s events manager, said access was also being improved, as well as a power supply and fresh water.

He said: “The current licence capacity is quite low for the park and for the size, so we are looking to increase that.

“We would be in a position where Moor Park could be taking music concerts like Rock in the Park, food festivals, exhibitions, military tattoos.”

He said the proposed alcohol licence would “streamline” the process for organisers.

He said: “We’re not proposing to turn Moor Park into a pub - it’s only for the bigger events, and the events organised by professional events organisers.”

Currently, anyone who wants to sell alcohol on Moor Park must apply for a temporary events notice, or a time-sensitive premises licence.

A meeting was held on Tuesday for residents, with another planned for 6pm today at Christ Church hall in Fulwood.

Mr Joel said: “Hopefully it will reassure residents that we are wanting to use this as an opportunity to continue this journey of making Preston a great place to come and visit and a great place to live.”