Danson Festival pulled by Bexley Council due to 'poor ground conditions'

The Echoes onstage in 2012 at the festival.

Revellers from last year- L-R Saffron Ojo, Alice Duggan, Henry Webster, Doll Windsor and Michelle Smith

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Bexley Council has made the shock decision to cancel this year's Danson Festival which annually attracts more than 60,000 people.

Festival-goers and park enthusiasts have expressed their surprise at the news ahead of the annual July festival.

The reason given in a council press release is because of "poor ground conditions caused by bad weather over the winter".

The festival is a family occasion for childminder Lynn Kearsey, 53, who lives in nearby Clifton Road.

The grandmother-of-three told News Shopper: "I love that weekend.

"My mum and my sisters come over from Stratford and they absolutely love it too – it’s the highlight of the year for them.

"I can’t understand what they are saying about the ground conditions."

Katie Taffs, 35, always makes sure to bring her sons Hayden and Harry Barnett, aged four and eight, to the festival.

The part time shop assistant at Bluewater said: "It seems a bit far-fetched to cancel it as it is still only April. "We come every year and the kids love it.

"All the friends we know as a family come over and make a day of it."

David Bissell, 78, former chairman of the Friends of Danson Park, said: "It's devastating news.

"I only walked around the park the other day and the ground seemed great.

"Last year there seemed to be a problem because of the rain but I can't see this being a valid reason for it to be cancelled."

Don Massey, cabinet member for community safety and leisure, told News Shopper: "Cancelling the festival has been the hardest decison I have ever had to make."

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Festival-goers let Bexley Council know what they think of the decision (left to right): Lynn Kearsey, 53, Lacey Nielsen, 4, Amy Knight, 29, Katie Bridle, 37, Freya Bridle, 4, and Rohaise Nielsen, 2.

The festival has been a regular feature in the summer calendar for years and entertainment includes a fun fair, main stage with music, stalls for community groups, sports and dance displays and fundraising stalls.

Coun Massey revealed at March's full council meeting that the 2014 festival was in doubt because of the poor ground conditions.

Cory Riverside had already agreed to sponsor this year’s event, but Coun Massey said he felt forced to act, as parts of the festival site remain saturated with rainwater.

Council officers have been working with the Environment Agency and private engineers to regularly monitor the ground conditions since September.

Coun Massey said: "This is not a decision I have taken lightly and I know that many people will be disappointed.

"I decided I had to act now to protect the park and to avoid further work and expense for all those involved in the festival.

"Our commercial and voluntary sector partners have been central to the success of the festival over recent years.

"I did not want them to devote further resources to an event which had a large question mark hanging over it.

"This is one of the toughest decisions I have had to make, but I believe it is the right one.

"But the park is tired after having the festival held there for so many years and we need to think about the future for all the other people who use the park throughout the year."

This Is Local London: Councillor Don Massey.

Coun Don Massey said the desision to cancel the festival was the "hardest I've ever had to make." 

Coun Massey said the park needs between £200,000 and £500,000 of remedial work.

He added: "Although the location and size of Danson Park lends itself to major events, the geology of the park is far from ideal.

"The subsoil is largely clay, which results in poor drainage, pooling of water on the surface and the washing away of the topsoil when there is heavy rain.

"It can be deceptive – it can look fine but it's not."

Councillors reached a decision on the long-term future of the festival earlier this year when they approved the council’s budget.

Chris Ball, leader of Bexley's Labour party, told News Shopper: "It is a huge disappointment for 10,000's of Bexley residents that the rug has been pulled from the Danson Show.

"It is frustrating that the standard of the park falls short of what is needed.

"It seems a shame not to have moved it to another large venue in the borough to allow a boost to the economy there and for people to enjoy one of the last remaining events of this kind the council put on.

"Hall Place and East Wickham Open Space are both real alternative venues but I accept it would take a lot of extra time and effort to re-arrange it to a new venue.

"We still have three months before the festival so somewhere could be found in my opinion."

The decision was that the festival will only be held in future years if the full cost can be met through external sponsorship, not by council tax payers.

This requirement had been fully met by Cory Riverside for the 2014 event.

A spokesman for sponsors Cory Riverside added: "Cory Riverside is naturally disappointed that the Danson Festival will not be taking place this year.

"However this decision is for the long term benefit of Danson Park, as stated by Bexley Council."

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3:56pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Joe.F. says...

Eh? I had a football match there the other day and the grounds were fine?

Is this a convenient excuse?
Eh? I had a football match there the other day and the grounds were fine? Is this a convenient excuse? Joe.F.
  • Score: 45

4:06pm Wed 2 Apr 14

TheFishRoundabout says...

Hasn't been as good in recent years, can't remember the last time I went.

Still, bit disappointing they've cancelled it, if the weather is nice it can be quite good.

Poor ground conditions seems a bit premature, was there a couple of weekends ago and it seemed fine to me.
Hasn't been as good in recent years, can't remember the last time I went. Still, bit disappointing they've cancelled it, if the weather is nice it can be quite good. Poor ground conditions seems a bit premature, was there a couple of weekends ago and it seemed fine to me. TheFishRoundabout
  • Score: 46

4:13pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

All this means is someone on the 'Cancel' never got their brown envelope stuffed with readies.
All this means is someone on the 'Cancel' never got their brown envelope stuffed with readies. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -39

4:34pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Joelo says...

Excuse to cancel this years, and never to be held again.
Excuse to cancel this years, and never to be held again. Joelo
  • Score: 45

4:36pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Bestbaz says...

What is a " summer calcender " news shopper journalist??

I read this is a money saving ploy to pay for their new Council Offices and the on-going repairs to the less than 12 month old Bexleyheath Broadway. We have three months yet for the ground to dry out, as always, any excuse to remove a service Bexley Council will exploit it to the max!
What is a " summer calcender " news shopper journalist?? I read this is a money saving ploy to pay for their new Council Offices and the on-going repairs to the less than 12 month old Bexleyheath Broadway. We have three months yet for the ground to dry out, as always, any excuse to remove a service Bexley Council will exploit it to the max! Bestbaz
  • Score: 48

6:47pm Wed 2 Apr 14

SidcupResident says...

It's like the Jimmy Mizen festival. Had this been any other community festival (e.g Notting Hill Carnival) it would have never been cancelled in a million years.

Unfortunately the demographic of people that attend Danson Festival aren't the ones the Lab-Con Councillors are going to be fighting over for postal votes come election time.

Double standards again....
It's like the Jimmy Mizen festival. Had this been any other community festival (e.g Notting Hill Carnival) it would have never been cancelled in a million years. Unfortunately the demographic of people that attend Danson Festival aren't the ones the Lab-Con Councillors are going to be fighting over for postal votes come election time. Double standards again.... SidcupResident
  • Score: 115

6:48pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Common_Sense123 says...

Bexley Council you are a disgrace. A great opportunity to raise funds for local clubs, associations and charities is now lost. As well as an opportunity for me, and other local people, to have fun.

Poor weather and ground conditions my ****, its three months away, the ground is fine now let alone what it will be like come the warmer weather to come from now until July.

The decisions makers involved in this should all resign with immediate effect.
Bexley Council you are a disgrace. A great opportunity to raise funds for local clubs, associations and charities is now lost. As well as an opportunity for me, and other local people, to have fun. Poor weather and ground conditions my ****, its three months away, the ground is fine now let alone what it will be like come the warmer weather to come from now until July. The decisions makers involved in this should all resign with immediate effect. Common_Sense123
  • Score: 54

7:02pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

SidcupResident wrote:
It's like the Jimmy Mizen festival. Had this been any other community festival (e.g Notting Hill Carnival) it would have never been cancelled in a million years.

Unfortunately the demographic of people that attend Danson Festival aren't the ones the Lab-Con Councillors are going to be fighting over for postal votes come election time.

Double standards again....
Idiot. Obviously you have never attended either event then.

Run along you fool.
[quote][p][bold]SidcupResident[/bold] wrote: It's like the Jimmy Mizen festival. Had this been any other community festival (e.g Notting Hill Carnival) it would have never been cancelled in a million years. Unfortunately the demographic of people that attend Danson Festival aren't the ones the Lab-Con Councillors are going to be fighting over for postal votes come election time. Double standards again....[/p][/quote]Idiot. Obviously you have never attended either event then. Run along you fool. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -79

7:27pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Julesbr says...

This is a total disgrace we go to the park almost everyday and there is nothing wrong with the ground. This is just another excuse to save money . I remember one year when the ground was so muddy but the festival went ahead so what's changed now !!! Such a shame my daughter is gutted greedy greedy Bexley Council
This is a total disgrace we go to the park almost everyday and there is nothing wrong with the ground. This is just another excuse to save money . I remember one year when the ground was so muddy but the festival went ahead so what's changed now !!! Such a shame my daughter is gutted greedy greedy Bexley Council Julesbr
  • Score: 45

6:48am Thu 3 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

No doubt like our Borough the finances are being squeezed by the government - so they say! Only the 'chosen'ones will get to hold their festivals and carnivals this year without a glitch - you watch.
No doubt like our Borough the finances are being squeezed by the government - so they say! Only the 'chosen'ones will get to hold their festivals and carnivals this year without a glitch - you watch. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 71

7:17am Thu 3 Apr 14

Citygirl83 says...

needless to say I echo those before, I am really gutted it won't be taking place this year. I have always enjoyed going to the Danson Show, its a good day out. Last year my little boy was only 9 months old, this year I was looking forward to him being able to experience it more. Shame on you Bexley Council.
needless to say I echo those before, I am really gutted it won't be taking place this year. I have always enjoyed going to the Danson Show, its a good day out. Last year my little boy was only 9 months old, this year I was looking forward to him being able to experience it more. Shame on you Bexley Council. Citygirl83
  • Score: 37

8:17am Thu 3 Apr 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

Dont get me wrong I dont believe the ground is too wet story either but its not just cost of putting on the show. I bet the security and policing costs have gone through the roof, the bigger it gets the more riff raff from neighbouring boroughs come in and start causing problems. http://www.newsshopp
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Dont get me wrong I dont believe the ground is too wet story either but its not just cost of putting on the show. I bet the security and policing costs have gone through the roof, the bigger it gets the more riff raff from neighbouring boroughs come in and start causing problems. http://www.newsshopp er.co.uk/news/105333 82.Dog_seized_at_Dan son_Festival_after_b iting_teenager_s_han d_and_attacking_pood le/ PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 20

9:05am Thu 3 Apr 14

highway warrior says...

Of course the ground is saturated there is a big puddle that hasn't drained in the middle of the park!!
Of course the ground is saturated there is a big puddle that hasn't drained in the middle of the park!! highway warrior
  • Score: 30

10:34am Thu 3 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

highway warrior wrote:
Of course the ground is saturated there is a big puddle that hasn't drained in the middle of the park!!
Well spotted my friend. Pat yourself on the back for that one.
[quote][p][bold]highway warrior[/bold] wrote: Of course the ground is saturated there is a big puddle that hasn't drained in the middle of the park!![/p][/quote]Well spotted my friend. Pat yourself on the back for that one. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 28

12:23pm Thu 3 Apr 14

MsChevious says...

A few practical points:

- The ground being fine for a walk or a few games of football doesn't mean it's dry enough for heavy vehicles, stages & rigs, and thousands of people tramping about. A quagmire at Glasto might be part of it's charm but this isn't that kind of festival!

- The long-range forecast doesn't suggest that it will be warm enough to properly dry out by then.

- There will have been clauses for contractors & suppliers which means after a certain date cancellation means paying the full fee, perhaps they decided to pull the plug earky and face smaller losses rather than wait and see and potentially lose everything?

- You can hardly compare the Danson Festival to the Notting Hill Carnival!!
A few practical points: - The ground being fine for a walk or a few games of football doesn't mean it's dry enough for heavy vehicles, stages & rigs, and thousands of people tramping about. A quagmire at Glasto might be part of it's charm but this isn't that kind of festival! - The long-range forecast doesn't suggest that it will be warm enough to properly dry out by then. - There will have been clauses for contractors & suppliers which means after a certain date cancellation means paying the full fee, perhaps they decided to pull the plug earky and face smaller losses rather than wait and see and potentially lose everything? - You can hardly compare the Danson Festival to the Notting Hill Carnival!! MsChevious
  • Score: -83

12:34pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Common_Sense123 says...

MsChevious wrote:
A few practical points:

- The ground being fine for a walk or a few games of football doesn't mean it's dry enough for heavy vehicles, stages & rigs, and thousands of people tramping about. A quagmire at Glasto might be part of it's charm but this isn't that kind of festival!

- The long-range forecast doesn't suggest that it will be warm enough to properly dry out by then.

- There will have been clauses for contractors & suppliers which means after a certain date cancellation means paying the full fee, perhaps they decided to pull the plug earky and face smaller losses rather than wait and see and potentially lose everything?

- You can hardly compare the Danson Festival to the Notting Hill Carnival!!
It's a convenient excuse, nothing more.
Are you really suggesting the heavy rain of Jan and Feb won't have dried out adequately for the festival come July? on a heavy slope?

I expect Mr Massey will be able to resign or lower his pay given one of his major roles at the Council has now gone. I won't hold my breath though.
[quote][p][bold]MsChevious[/bold] wrote: A few practical points: - The ground being fine for a walk or a few games of football doesn't mean it's dry enough for heavy vehicles, stages & rigs, and thousands of people tramping about. A quagmire at Glasto might be part of it's charm but this isn't that kind of festival! - The long-range forecast doesn't suggest that it will be warm enough to properly dry out by then. - There will have been clauses for contractors & suppliers which means after a certain date cancellation means paying the full fee, perhaps they decided to pull the plug earky and face smaller losses rather than wait and see and potentially lose everything? - You can hardly compare the Danson Festival to the Notting Hill Carnival!![/p][/quote]It's a convenient excuse, nothing more. Are you really suggesting the heavy rain of Jan and Feb won't have dried out adequately for the festival come July? on a heavy slope? I expect Mr Massey will be able to resign or lower his pay given one of his major roles at the Council has now gone. I won't hold my breath though. Common_Sense123
  • Score: 31

8:47pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
SidcupResident wrote:
It's like the Jimmy Mizen festival. Had this been any other community festival (e.g Notting Hill Carnival) it would have never been cancelled in a million years.

Unfortunately the demographic of people that attend Danson Festival aren't the ones the Lab-Con Councillors are going to be fighting over for postal votes come election time.

Double standards again....
Idiot. Obviously you have never attended either event then.

Run along you fool.
-62 is that all ?
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SidcupResident[/bold] wrote: It's like the Jimmy Mizen festival. Had this been any other community festival (e.g Notting Hill Carnival) it would have never been cancelled in a million years. Unfortunately the demographic of people that attend Danson Festival aren't the ones the Lab-Con Councillors are going to be fighting over for postal votes come election time. Double standards again....[/p][/quote]Idiot. Obviously you have never attended either event then. Run along you fool.[/p][/quote]-62 is that all ? Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -24

12:32pm Fri 4 Apr 14

kentlad says...

I bet no one is gutted as much as the local traffic wardens... i heard they made their annual bonus's within a few days of the event last year!!!
I bet no one is gutted as much as the local traffic wardens... i heard they made their annual bonus's within a few days of the event last year!!! kentlad
  • Score: 25

1:15pm Fri 4 Apr 14

tellmethisdoesn'twork says...

In that case, I trust the firework display has been pulled...and the fun fair at Erith Leisure Centre....???!

If the ground is still bad, why is the park open daily?
Why are the affected areas not isolated?
Why not just come clean and tell the truth for once in your lives????
In that case, I trust the firework display has been pulled...and the fun fair at Erith Leisure Centre....???! If the ground is still bad, why is the park open daily? Why are the affected areas not isolated? Why not just come clean and tell the truth for once in your lives???? tellmethisdoesn'twork
  • Score: 18

3:46pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Joe boi is in the lead with -72 at 3.45 pm.


Get in there son its ya birfday.
Joe boi is in the lead with -72 at 3.45 pm. Get in there son its ya birfday. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -19

1:39pm Sun 6 Apr 14

floyduk says...

Is Gypo.Joe the resident mentally ill poster? Is he an out of work loser who spends the majority of his life posting on here? He seriously needs to get out more.
Is Gypo.Joe the resident mentally ill poster? Is he an out of work loser who spends the majority of his life posting on here? He seriously needs to get out more. floyduk
  • Score: 24

10:51pm Sun 6 Apr 14

bettylou says...

MsChevious wrote:
A few practical points:

- The ground being fine for a walk or a few games of football doesn't mean it's dry enough for heavy vehicles, stages & rigs, and thousands of people tramping about. A quagmire at Glasto might be part of it's charm but this isn't that kind of festival!

- The long-range forecast doesn't suggest that it will be warm enough to properly dry out by then.

- There will have been clauses for contractors & suppliers which means after a certain date cancellation means paying the full fee, perhaps they decided to pull the plug earky and face smaller losses rather than wait and see and potentially lose everything?

- You can hardly compare the Danson Festival to the Notting Hill Carnival!!
I'm delighted it's cancelled. As a local resident I can still remember the stench from the muddy quagmire and destruction that was left after last years festival. I complained to the council last year about the smell and was told it was the bacteria in the rotting mud! It was dangerous to even walk in the park for a month as people think they can drive vehicles all over the place in the run up and aftermath of the festival.The park took months to recover from the damage and surely most of the revenue that was collected has since been paid out in repair and clean up works. The park was utterly destroyed last year and affected all users of the park just for 2 days of mostly noisy and tacky entertainment. I'm not referring to the local dance, sports, art or music groups in that statement but the ever increasing fairground, overpriced inflatable monstrocities and commercial food outlets that have overshadowed all the local groups who are trying to showcase their work. Good riddance!
[quote][p][bold]MsChevious[/bold] wrote: A few practical points: - The ground being fine for a walk or a few games of football doesn't mean it's dry enough for heavy vehicles, stages & rigs, and thousands of people tramping about. A quagmire at Glasto might be part of it's charm but this isn't that kind of festival! - The long-range forecast doesn't suggest that it will be warm enough to properly dry out by then. - There will have been clauses for contractors & suppliers which means after a certain date cancellation means paying the full fee, perhaps they decided to pull the plug earky and face smaller losses rather than wait and see and potentially lose everything? - You can hardly compare the Danson Festival to the Notting Hill Carnival!![/p][/quote]I'm delighted it's cancelled. As a local resident I can still remember the stench from the muddy quagmire and destruction that was left after last years festival. I complained to the council last year about the smell and was told it was the bacteria in the rotting mud! It was dangerous to even walk in the park for a month as people think they can drive vehicles all over the place in the run up and aftermath of the festival.The park took months to recover from the damage and surely most of the revenue that was collected has since been paid out in repair and clean up works. The park was utterly destroyed last year and affected all users of the park just for 2 days of mostly noisy and tacky entertainment. I'm not referring to the local dance, sports, art or music groups in that statement but the ever increasing fairground, overpriced inflatable monstrocities and commercial food outlets that have overshadowed all the local groups who are trying to showcase their work. Good riddance! bettylou
  • Score: -13

11:02pm Sun 6 Apr 14

bettylou says...

Citygirl83 wrote:
needless to say I echo those before, I am really gutted it won't be taking place this year. I have always enjoyed going to the Danson Show, its a good day out. Last year my little boy was only 9 months old, this year I was looking forward to him being able to experience it more. Shame on you Bexley Council.
Bring the baby to the park now , when he can safely run around and play in this lovely park , feed the ducks, try the play area etc etc
Much more beneficial than tripping over the rubbish and subjecting him to the crowds, noise and expense of the festival!
[quote][p][bold]Citygirl83[/bold] wrote: needless to say I echo those before, I am really gutted it won't be taking place this year. I have always enjoyed going to the Danson Show, its a good day out. Last year my little boy was only 9 months old, this year I was looking forward to him being able to experience it more. Shame on you Bexley Council.[/p][/quote]Bring the baby to the park now , when he can safely run around and play in this lovely park , feed the ducks, try the play area etc etc Much more beneficial than tripping over the rubbish and subjecting him to the crowds, noise and expense of the festival! bettylou
  • Score: 7

3:25pm Mon 7 Apr 14

ความจริง says...

bettylou wrote:
MsChevious wrote: A few practical points: - The ground being fine for a walk or a few games of football doesn't mean it's dry enough for heavy vehicles, stages & rigs, and thousands of people tramping about. A quagmire at Glasto might be part of it's charm but this isn't that kind of festival! - The long-range forecast doesn't suggest that it will be warm enough to properly dry out by then. - There will have been clauses for contractors & suppliers which means after a certain date cancellation means paying the full fee, perhaps they decided to pull the plug earky and face smaller losses rather than wait and see and potentially lose everything? - You can hardly compare the Danson Festival to the Notting Hill Carnival!!
I'm delighted it's cancelled. As a local resident I can still remember the stench from the muddy quagmire and destruction that was left after last years festival. I complained to the council last year about the smell and was told it was the bacteria in the rotting mud! It was dangerous to even walk in the park for a month as people think they can drive vehicles all over the place in the run up and aftermath of the festival.The park took months to recover from the damage and surely most of the revenue that was collected has since been paid out in repair and clean up works. The park was utterly destroyed last year and affected all users of the park just for 2 days of mostly noisy and tacky entertainment. I'm not referring to the local dance, sports, art or music groups in that statement but the ever increasing fairground, overpriced inflatable monstrocities and commercial food outlets that have overshadowed all the local groups who are trying to showcase their work. Good riddance!
Maybe the stench you can smell is your middle class NIMBY attitude to the festival !
[quote][p][bold]bettylou[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MsChevious[/bold] wrote: A few practical points: - The ground being fine for a walk or a few games of football doesn't mean it's dry enough for heavy vehicles, stages & rigs, and thousands of people tramping about. A quagmire at Glasto might be part of it's charm but this isn't that kind of festival! - The long-range forecast doesn't suggest that it will be warm enough to properly dry out by then. - There will have been clauses for contractors & suppliers which means after a certain date cancellation means paying the full fee, perhaps they decided to pull the plug earky and face smaller losses rather than wait and see and potentially lose everything? - You can hardly compare the Danson Festival to the Notting Hill Carnival!![/p][/quote]I'm delighted it's cancelled. As a local resident I can still remember the stench from the muddy quagmire and destruction that was left after last years festival. I complained to the council last year about the smell and was told it was the bacteria in the rotting mud! It was dangerous to even walk in the park for a month as people think they can drive vehicles all over the place in the run up and aftermath of the festival.The park took months to recover from the damage and surely most of the revenue that was collected has since been paid out in repair and clean up works. The park was utterly destroyed last year and affected all users of the park just for 2 days of mostly noisy and tacky entertainment. I'm not referring to the local dance, sports, art or music groups in that statement but the ever increasing fairground, overpriced inflatable monstrocities and commercial food outlets that have overshadowed all the local groups who are trying to showcase their work. Good riddance![/p][/quote]Maybe the stench you can smell is your middle class NIMBY attitude to the festival ! ความจริง
  • Score: 13

9:32pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

bettylou wrote:
MsChevious wrote:
A few practical points:

- The ground being fine for a walk or a few games of football doesn't mean it's dry enough for heavy vehicles, stages & rigs, and thousands of people tramping about. A quagmire at Glasto might be part of it's charm but this isn't that kind of festival!

- The long-range forecast doesn't suggest that it will be warm enough to properly dry out by then.

- There will have been clauses for contractors & suppliers which means after a certain date cancellation means paying the full fee, perhaps they decided to pull the plug earky and face smaller losses rather than wait and see and potentially lose everything?

- You can hardly compare the Danson Festival to the Notting Hill Carnival!!
I'm delighted it's cancelled. As a local resident I can still remember the stench from the muddy quagmire and destruction that was left after last years festival. I complained to the council last year about the smell and was told it was the bacteria in the rotting mud! It was dangerous to even walk in the park for a month as people think they can drive vehicles all over the place in the run up and aftermath of the festival.The park took months to recover from the damage and surely most of the revenue that was collected has since been paid out in repair and clean up works. The park was utterly destroyed last year and affected all users of the park just for 2 days of mostly noisy and tacky entertainment. I'm not referring to the local dance, sports, art or music groups in that statement but the ever increasing fairground, overpriced inflatable monstrocities and commercial food outlets that have overshadowed all the local groups who are trying to showcase their work. Good riddance!
Buys a house near a park and then expects no one to use it. You remind me of the clowns who buy a house near an airport then complain about aircraft noise, or near a station then expect no train noise or parking issues.

Well its only the start of the week but you are leading contender for this weeks mong award lady. Watch this space as it's early door yet and don't be to disappointed if you don't win but rest assured you have my vote.
[quote][p][bold]bettylou[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MsChevious[/bold] wrote: A few practical points: - The ground being fine for a walk or a few games of football doesn't mean it's dry enough for heavy vehicles, stages & rigs, and thousands of people tramping about. A quagmire at Glasto might be part of it's charm but this isn't that kind of festival! - The long-range forecast doesn't suggest that it will be warm enough to properly dry out by then. - There will have been clauses for contractors & suppliers which means after a certain date cancellation means paying the full fee, perhaps they decided to pull the plug earky and face smaller losses rather than wait and see and potentially lose everything? - You can hardly compare the Danson Festival to the Notting Hill Carnival!![/p][/quote]I'm delighted it's cancelled. As a local resident I can still remember the stench from the muddy quagmire and destruction that was left after last years festival. I complained to the council last year about the smell and was told it was the bacteria in the rotting mud! It was dangerous to even walk in the park for a month as people think they can drive vehicles all over the place in the run up and aftermath of the festival.The park took months to recover from the damage and surely most of the revenue that was collected has since been paid out in repair and clean up works. The park was utterly destroyed last year and affected all users of the park just for 2 days of mostly noisy and tacky entertainment. I'm not referring to the local dance, sports, art or music groups in that statement but the ever increasing fairground, overpriced inflatable monstrocities and commercial food outlets that have overshadowed all the local groups who are trying to showcase their work. Good riddance![/p][/quote]Buys a house near a park and then expects no one to use it. You remind me of the clowns who buy a house near an airport then complain about aircraft noise, or near a station then expect no train noise or parking issues. Well its only the start of the week but you are leading contender for this weeks mong award lady. Watch this space as it's early door yet and don't be to disappointed if you don't win but rest assured you have my vote. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -7

10:51pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Bexley90 says...

Bettylou i think you will find that the weather was beautiful last year and it was the year before that the grass was ruined with the cars wet weather etc. I also live in close proximity to the park I live opposite the gate. We use the park frequently and it's nice to see it being used to help local small businesses in the craft tents and the shows promote all their hard work. It's a shame for the small businesses in the area not to be able to use the festival to their benefit.
Bettylou i think you will find that the weather was beautiful last year and it was the year before that the grass was ruined with the cars wet weather etc. I also live in close proximity to the park I live opposite the gate. We use the park frequently and it's nice to see it being used to help local small businesses in the craft tents and the shows promote all their hard work. It's a shame for the small businesses in the area not to be able to use the festival to their benefit. Bexley90
  • Score: 8

12:48pm Wed 9 Apr 14

mumcabs says...

A particularly devastating decision for a lot of local bands.
A particularly devastating decision for a lot of local bands. mumcabs
  • Score: 4

11:32pm Wed 9 Apr 14

mainman says...

Are we still paying for the olympic games? Bexley council keeps on about "council tax frozen" but as the games have finished, surely the council tax should go down !
Are we still paying for the olympic games? Bexley council keeps on about "council tax frozen" but as the games have finished, surely the council tax should go down ! mainman
  • Score: 3

11:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

mainman says...

think of all the money they will loose with their extortionate parking charges
think of all the money they will loose with their extortionate parking charges mainman
  • Score: 3

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