Thousands could attend 'inappropriate' cricket tournaments in Moor Park

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First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Thousands of spectators could descend upon Moor Park if two cricket tournaments are allowed to be held later this month, despite concerns from residents that such sporting events are "inappropriate" for the area.

The application for a new premises licence to hold a 20/20 one-day cricket match and a four-day county cricket match at Merchant Taylors’ School between May 25 and May 29 was discussed at Three Rivers District Council offices today.

Residents living on the private estate objected to the application for reasons such as traffic, safety issues and noise pollution.

However, many of their concerns were stumped following a consultation with event organisers last week.

The application seeks to sell alcohol on Sunday, May 25 between 12.30pm and 6.30pm for the 20/20 match and to sell alcohol from Monday, May 26 to Thursday, May 29 from 11.30am to 6.30pm for the Middlesex County tournament.

Merchant Taylors’ School is the applicant for the license and will be working with Middlesex County Cricket Club to run the event.

Speaking for the application, the Sandy Lodge Road school’s lettings manager, Dan Fennell, said that organisers have tried to address the concerns from residents, including adjusting the alcohol sale times and negotiating on the sound level of music.

Mr Fennell said: "Eventually we want to make sure that we have long term benefit here. We want to ensure that we can run this event, so we are not looking at a one-off here. We’re looking at a way to make this acceptable to everyone in the long-term."

Councillor Terry Dos Ramos questioned the noise level and the effect on many of Moor Park’s residents, particularly the elderly.

David Beaney, chairman of Moor Park 1858 Limited, spoke on behalf of residents and said that, although many of their concerns surrounding the event have been settled, there is a strong feeling that the site is not suitable for a tournament of this scale.

He added: "This licence does raise the same issues as the Sri Lankan event, where I and many of our members fundamentally believe that the site is inappropriate for spectator events for up to 5,000 people because, despite efforts to mitigate these, there’s likely to be public nuisance."

Mr Beaney said he and other residents of Moor Park are hopeful that, with the appropriate conditions placed on the event, that it will be held in a "reasonable manner" and without causing a public nuisance.

Mr Beaney added: "I guess the proof of the pudding will be in the eating. Last year there was public nuisance in the Sri Lankan event."

Earlier this week, permission was granted for the Sri Lankan Schools Cricket Festival to be held at the school in July.

However, there had to be a number of amendments to the application following resident objections to the amount of disturbance caused by the event last year.

Politicians have five working days to make on decision on whether to grant the licence.

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6:42pm Thu 1 May 14

Meadey39 says...

As a Moor Park resident I welcome this news. Nothing much happens here and to have an event of this scale would be a huge boost and and inspire many people. This is only for 1 week, so long term nuisance value will be non existent. Long term value for Moor Park and the school will be huge
As a Moor Park resident I welcome this news. Nothing much happens here and to have an event of this scale would be a huge boost and and inspire many people. This is only for 1 week, so long term nuisance value will be non existent. Long term value for Moor Park and the school will be huge Meadey39
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10:54pm Thu 1 May 14

phil mitchel says...

Well said Meadey.
Well said Meadey. phil mitchel
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8:17am Fri 2 May 14

The Rover says...

The Merchant Taylor's site is massive with great facilities and close to the Moor Park tube station. It would be a fantastic local event. The residents should get involved and stop moaning!
The Merchant Taylor's site is massive with great facilities and close to the Moor Park tube station. It would be a fantastic local event. The residents should get involved and stop moaning! The Rover
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10:07am Fri 2 May 14

garston tony says...

I wonder, do the Moor Park residents who do not think this event appropriate ever leave their houses?

I ask that because if they do its likely that when they reach many of their destinations they will be going places and causing a nuisance to locals. Going to the shops for instance? The locals may not like your contribution to the increase traffic flow and parking issues in the area.

And heaven forbid that they've ever been to a sporting or concert or theatre event etc as they'll certainly have been part of a large crowd of people causing a 'nuisance' to those around them.

If the venue was looking for a licence to do this sort of thing week in week out then the residents may have a cause for concern, but if its the occassional thing I just cant help think it smacks a little of hypocrisy
I wonder, do the Moor Park residents who do not think this event appropriate ever leave their houses? I ask that because if they do its likely that when they reach many of their destinations they will be going places and causing a nuisance to locals. Going to the shops for instance? The locals may not like your contribution to the increase traffic flow and parking issues in the area. And heaven forbid that they've ever been to a sporting or concert or theatre event etc as they'll certainly have been part of a large crowd of people causing a 'nuisance' to those around them. If the venue was looking for a licence to do this sort of thing week in week out then the residents may have a cause for concern, but if its the occassional thing I just cant help think it smacks a little of hypocrisy garston tony
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3:00pm Mon 5 May 14

Roy Stockdill says...

Does anyone proof-read this website or don't young reporters learn to use English grammar properly? Kathryn Snowdon uses the words "licence" and "license" in the same story, once correctly and once incorrectly!

In the second para the usage in the sentence beginning "The application for a new premises licence....." is correct. However, later in the sixth para she writes: "Merchant Taylors’ School is the applicant for the license....."

Memo to Kathryn: LICENCE with a C is a noun and should have been used in both cases. LICENSE with an S is the verb, as in "to license", and was used inappropriately on the second occasion. Do try and get it right, dear!
Does anyone proof-read this website or don't young reporters learn to use English grammar properly? Kathryn Snowdon uses the words "licence" and "license" in the same story, once correctly and once incorrectly! In the second para the usage in the sentence beginning "The application for a new premises licence....." is correct. However, later in the sixth para she writes: "Merchant Taylors’ School is the applicant for the license....." Memo to Kathryn: LICENCE with a C is a noun and should have been used in both cases. LICENSE with an S is the verb, as in "to license", and was used inappropriately on the second occasion. Do try and get it right, dear! Roy Stockdill
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3:26pm Mon 5 May 14

Roy Stockdill says...

As a cricket lover, I must say I find the NIMBY attitude of Moor Park residents rather sad - but, then, it has always been a fairly snobbish and toffee-nosed sort of community, hasn't it?

The Twenty20 match is against Hampshire (I regard Twenty20 as Mickey Mouse cricket, i.e. not serious, but it's a major game, even so) and the 4-day county championship game is against Sussex and a major event also, though the reporter doesn't appear to understand what the county championship is since she calls it a "Middlesex County tournament". It's only lasting for five days and can't somebody tell the quivering, cowering, delicate residents of Moor Park that cricket followers are NOT like football fans? Do the residents protest and object when there are major golf tournaments at Moor Park?
As a cricket lover, I must say I find the NIMBY attitude of Moor Park residents rather sad - but, then, it has always been a fairly snobbish and toffee-nosed sort of community, hasn't it? The Twenty20 match is against Hampshire (I regard Twenty20 as Mickey Mouse cricket, i.e. not serious, but it's a major game, even so) and the 4-day county championship game is against Sussex and a major event also, though the reporter doesn't appear to understand what the county championship is since she calls it a "Middlesex County tournament". It's only lasting for five days and can't somebody tell the quivering, cowering, delicate residents of Moor Park that cricket followers are NOT like football fans? Do the residents protest and object when there are major golf tournaments at Moor Park? Roy Stockdill
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