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Moor Park licence could see boost in year-round events

Posted on - 10th January, 2016 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Moor Park, Parks, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Moor Park is due to host more events once restoration work is complete Pic: Gary Bond

Moor Park is due to host more events once restoration work is complete Pic: Gary Bond

More events could be coming to Moor Park as the council applies for a permanent licence.

Preston City Council has applied for entertainment to happen on the park all-year round and also the supply of alcohol.

A licensing application would see a hardstanding area on the park be able to host plays, films, sporting events, boxing, wrestling, live music, recorded music and dance.

Alongside this an alcohol licence running from 9am to 11pm Monday to Sunday could also be approved.

Related: Date confirmed for Rockprest to return to Moor Park

The city council says it is all part of a major restoration plan for Moor Park.

Tim Joel, events and cultural services manager, said: “We are looking to bring more major events to Moor Park.

“Many people will remember the Radio One Big Weekend and it is possible to get these type of events to Preston.

“The Heritage Lottery Funding is a big step forward in getting promoters to bring events here, as we need the hardstanding area, widening access routes and also increasing the capacity.”

The crowd capacity for events with the new licence would be lifted to 19,999.

However Mr Joel warned events of this size would not be frequent.

He said: “We’re talking maybe one or two a year.

“And the alcohol part of the licence would only be for a small area of the park and for certain events to be able to sell alcohol. A lot of the larger events have a bar element which they need to generate additional income.”

The largest park in the city is undergoing a £2million facelift as part of a Heritage Lottery-funded project.

Anyone wishing to give their views on the proposed licence can email licensing@preston.gov.uk by Monday 18 January.

Do you visit Moor Park? Do you think it should host more events? What would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below

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