Bedford Park Concert promoters ask local residents for feedback ahead of 2024 season

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15,000 people packed into 'little old' Bedford Park for George Ezra June 2023 Image: Bedford Park Concerts
15,000 people packed into 'little old' Bedford Park for George Ezra. Image: Bedford Park Concerts

The promoters of Bedford Park Concerts, Cuffe and Taylor, are holding a feedback event for local residents to ask for their views on how the events can “continue to contribute positively to Bedford Park and the local area”.

The event, in collaboration with Bedford Borough Council, will take place at the Pavilion in the Park Cafe in Bedford Park on Tuesday 10 October between 11am and 2pm and any residents in the surrounding area are invited to attend.

In particular, residents from Black Tom, Manton Heights, Park Avenue and the Saints area are invited to attend, although the meeting is open to everyone.

Feedback on social media has been widely supportive of the initiative, although some residents have criticised the choice of timing for the meeting, which will be during the working day.

Anyone unable to make it is encouraged to email their feedback to events@bedford.gov.uk.

Bedford Park Concerts residents' feedback
Bedford Park Concert organisers are asking local residents for their feedback. Image: Facebook

This summer, the park played host to a sell-out performance by George Ezra, alongside headline shows by Sting, The Jacksons, Ministry of Sound Classical and the ever-popular Proms in the Park.

And while the economic impact on the town is positive, setting up a major event of this size – and getting 15,000 gig-goers in and out of the park – does take its toll on the area and the organisers are keen to understand the impact it has on the surrounding community.

Speaking to the Bedford Independent about the meeting, Cllr Henry Vann (LibDem, De Parys ward), said: “I am glad the organisers are holding these sessions and strongly encourage residents to pop along if they can, but if you can’t make it, you can always pass your comments on to me and Cllr David Sawyer if from De Parys Ward or Cllr Atkins or Cllr Layne if from Harpur Ward so that we can pass comments on to them.

“Whilst the concerts are brilliant for Bedford, there is no doubt that they do have an impact locally and more could be done to manage – for example – the parking and traffic issues caused and to use the funding to invest back into Bedford Park.”

 
 
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