Glasgow Summer Sessions promoter plans to keep locals onside

DETAILED plans are in place in a bid to avoid residents being disrupted by two outdoor gigs.

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Last year, the Summer Sessions, in Bellahouston Park, attracted more than 100,000 music fans.

But local residents complained about public drunkenness and noise, with some people living eight miles away saying they could hear the concert by US hip hop star Eminem.

This year, organisers are determined to avoid the problems reported last summer.

A number of meetings have already been held with community councils surrounding the South Side park.

And in a move aimed at minimising disruption, the city council and the promoters, DF Concerts, plan to split the concert site into what they are calling 'neighbourhood zones'.

This will allow tailored management plans to be put in place to handle issues in specific areas.

Traffic management plans have been drawn up and signs, stewards and policing has been designed for each specific area.

An information letter will be sent out to locals and in certain areas there will be resident only parking.

Alistair Watson, the council's land and environment spokesman, said: "The Summer Sessions provided a significant boost to our economy last year.

"Not only does this reinforce Glasgow's music credentials, it also builds further on our reputation for delivering major events.

"Last year I guaranteed we would work extensively with the local community to ensure they play a central role in the planning of future Summer Sessions events.

"The council and DF Concerts have already carried out three engagement events and these neighbourhood zones will help us to further work in tandem with residents.

"Detailed planning has gone into making this the best Summer Sessions ever."

This Saturday, French DJ David Guetta will headline.

And on Tuesday August 19, it will be the turn of American rock stars, The Killers.

Geoff Ellis, head of DF Concerts said: "We're absolutely delighted David Guetta will be performing his first major outdoor solo show in Scotland."

vivienne.nicoll@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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