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CarFest complainers felt "under siege"
FAMILIES living just a stone’s throw from CarFest said the event brought nothing but problems – and fear that future events could be even worse.
Residents say traffic problems, noise, safety and privacy made it “intolerable” to live near the site.
The home of Mark and Karen Davies backs on to the camp site and the fences around the event surrounded their garden.
Mr Davies, 54, who is chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare in London, said: “People say that it’s just for the weekend. If that was the case we might be able to put up with it.
“But they have been setting up for three weeks and will likely take a couple of weeks to take everything down again. We’re not against CarFest at all but it should be held in a designated event site, not around people’s houses.”
Mrs Davies, 47, described living in the house while the festival was going on, as being “under siege”.
The company director said: “Even when the music finished the generators were still on. The lights were incredibly bright and shone into the house at night into our children’s bedrooms.
“We had supercars coming past at ridiculous speeds and with people walking in the road to get to the festival it was just not safe.”
Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “There haven’t been any compromises.
“We have tried talking to the Scheckters but they said they wouldn’t move it further away or change any of their plans.”
CarFest event director Nicola Meadley told The Gazette that work began setting up the festival on August 13, two weeks before the event itself, and claimed noise and disruption would have been minimal during the first week.
She said the majority of cars for display had arrived by transporter and that organisers had compromised with residents about the car park.