The first T In The Park at Strathallan has come and gone, what next?
To get a view on how those closest to the festival were affected I visited the Muthill and Tullibardine Community Council Meeting last night. As you can imagine the main topic of conversation was the very recent T In The Park.
The traffic situation was at the top of everyone’s list of problems, especially as the traffic affected the properties of more than one or two of the participants in the meeting. All in attendance agreed that the traffic was the biggest problem and that this would certainly need to be looked at for future events. Questions were asked about the Traffic Managment Programme, the Police effectiveness, PKC due diligence for the festival amongst others.
PKC Councillor Tom Gray advised that there was an ongoing enquiry into the festival and the problems it faced. There would need to be a radical change in the transport arrangements for future events to ensure PKC continuing support.
As discussions continued there was mention of health and safety issues and the percieved lack of control of some festival goers by stewards. coaches allowing drinking during travel and public safety in general.
Cllr Gray assured local residents that PKC would be working closely with DF Concerts to ensure changes were made to the areas which caused problems this year.
When asked about the points raised, Geoff Ellis said “We genuinely apologise for the issues with traffic and the knock on effect that this had for the local community. We’ve resolved to fix those for next year and beyond. We completely understand some people’s frustrations, but we do listen and we will make sure we put the correct measures in place to ensure that they are all resolved ahead of the 2016 event.”
“This was our first year at Strathallan and there are definite lessons to be learned. We did keep an open dialogue with locals throughout the weekend and we made changes to resolve anything that was reported to our local resident liaison officer – who is also now following up with people to bring us feedback. We’d had 18 years at Balado and Kinross residents will tell you that some of the early years were just as challenging as this year. But they will also tell you that we were true to our word, that we listened and we fixed the problems. We will do the same at Strathallan.”
“We have also had feedback from many locals that they had a brilliant time at the festival and they also felt the positive benefits to their business and the town – we want to ensure that in the future, this is an experience shared by everyone.”
From the meeting I attended, there are definitely issues to be addressed, however if this is done and local knowledge obtained to aid in these issues then things could definitely change for the better.
Now that the first 48hrs after the end of the festival have passed, more and more comments are being seen praising the event and looking forward to next year.
I don’t think anyone would try to say it was a perfect event, however the majority of festival goers appear to have had a great time.
This was the first year in a new venue, next year with more detailed knowledge the intentions are for things to progress. T In The Park is one of the best known music festivals in the world, to have it in our local area is a positive for the local economy. With local residents, DF Concerts, PKC and Police Scotland working together, the event can hopefully improve and benefit all concerned.