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Zoo Project festival under fire from North West Leicestershire residents

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

By Steve Ashby

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THOUSANDS of people are gearing up for Donington Park's annual festival this month.

The Zoo Project, originally organised in Ibiza, showcases some of the world's best electronic rock music.

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the 2014 festival.

From Friday, September 12 to Sunday September 14, music will be blasted across the fields until four o'clock in the morning, before starting again at 10am.

While the festival-goers are highly anticipating the event, with headlining acts including Groove Armada and Shy FX, not everybody is quite so keen.

Last year's event came under fire from an array of residents who live close to Donington Park.

One resident, Frances Skinner of Castle Donington, complained to various authorities including North West Leicestershire District Council during the 2013 festival about noise levels.

In his complaint, Mr Skinner wrote: "My father lives 2.5 miles from the Castle Donington circuit and I have been living with him for some time as he recovers from a serious illness.

"We were both unable to sleep for 48 hours as a result of the festival.

"After a desperate night trying to avoid the boom-ti-boom reverberating throughout the house, we find that at 11pm on Sunday evening the music is still going on. No resident should have such prolonged and loud noises inflicted on them.

"There had been undue noise from the festival for 45 hours and, if we include the motorbike racing on Sunday, that adds another six hours to the misery."

Despite Mr Skinner's and various other complaints, the event has been given the go-ahead this year.

North West Leicestershire District Council has issued the following emergency contact number for people to use if they are experiencing unreasonable levels of noise: 01530 454789.

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