Preston bosses to discuss plans for licenced major events at city park

A band at the Radio 1 Big Weekend at Moor Park, Preston
A band at the Radio 1 Big Weekend at Moor Park, Preston
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  • Bosses to discuss plans for music and the supply of alcohol at Moor Park
  • Moor Park previously hosted Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2007
  • The latest plans come ahead of a £2.2m revamp of the community space
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The transformation of a city park, which could see it host major events, has prompted bosses to apply for a permanent weekend licence.

Leaders will discuss plans for live and recorded music and the supply of alcohol at Preston’s Moor Park on Saturdays and Sundays.

ROCK ON: Radio 1 Big Weekend at Moor Park, Preston

ROCK ON: Radio 1 Big Weekend at Moor Park, Preston

The new plans come ahead of a £2.2m revamp of the community space, which bosses say will boost the number of events it hosts.

Coun David Borrow, who represents Moor Park ward, said the council would still control what was allowed on the park.

He said: “If the park is going to be used for events in the future, it makes sense to have a licence there.

“But the council will ultimately control what happens and who does it, and is able to set down conditions. They won’t allow anybody to just come off the street and pitch a tent and sell alcohol.”

If the park is going to be used for events in the future, it makes sense to have a licence there.

Coun David Borrow

Free festival Rockprest will be held at the park in July, with more events also expected in the future.

Plans have been unveiled for a skate park in the park, which also hosted Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2007, and will host this year’s Race for Life in May.

Coun Borrow said: “The council controls what goes on there and what they do, but it makes it easier rather than having to reapply every time somebody wants to put an event on.

“It is a huge open space and it does make sense to make good use of it.

ROLL UP: Plans for a skatepark at the Preston venue.

ROLL UP: Plans for a skatepark at the Preston venue.

“Certainly, when the drainage improves and the investment has gone in over the next 12 months or so it will be a much better venue for events.”

He said there was a need for investment in the park for the drainage and footpaths, and said: “As that happens it is easier to use it, we don’t want big events there if the drainage is awful.”

The application, to be discussed by Preston Council, is for live music and recorded music on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10.15pm, and the supply of alcohol on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 10pm.