Ingoldmells public to meet over ‘rave’ event fears

CONCERNED residents are set to meet today (Monday) over potential noise and disruption from an Ingoldmells all-night ‘rave’ later this year.

The Pleasuredome event will return to Fantasy Island, Ingoldmells, on May 19, and organisers have promised 15 hours of music from 7pm to 10am, two outdoor stages, a ‘huge’ beach party, six areas of ‘raving madness’, 10 laser systems, 250,000 watts of bass and evening rides.

Residents living nearby have hit back at organisers saying the event ‘isn’t suitable for a family resort’ and this ‘type’ of music will be heard for miles around.

“I don’t think this type of event is right for Ingoldmells, I feel it won’t be under control and I’m concerned about the levels of noise it will produce,” said Maurice Darnell, Chairman for Ingoldmells and Addlethorpe Management Forum.

Mr Darnell also felt that the village was a ‘quiet place’ which would ‘already be busy’ at that time of year with holidaymakers and visitors.

“Where will all these people stay? I’ve heard the organisers hoping for between 4,000 and 6,000 people to attend,” added Mr Darnell.

Last year, the Pleasuredome event was held at Grand Central in Skegness but this year, a number of promoters have pulled together to allow for a larger capacity at Fantasy Island.

“I think it will cause more problems than it’s worth and it will be too much for the area,” added Mr Darnell

County councillor for Ingoldmells Rural, Coun Colin Davie, echoed this viewpoint and stated that Ingoldmells was not ‘Ibiza or Ayia Napa’.

He commented that although he ‘wished businesses to succeed’ they should stage events to ‘rejuvenate the existing clientele’ that visited the coast rather than holding ‘one-off rave nights’.

However, a spokesperson for Pleasuredome said it would just be a ‘good night out for people’ and nothing ‘unusual’.

And there would be ‘fewer people in Fantasy Island on the night’ than in ‘August’ during peak season.

It would also be visitors’ ‘own choice’ to go down to the beach and the actual night would take place within the site and it would be ‘unlikely’ that more than ‘3,000’ would attend.

James Parker, operations manager for Fantasy Island, said: “There have been lots of these types of events before and there has never been any problems.”

The Ingoldmells and Addlethorpe Management Forum and Residents’ Association are set to hold a meeting today (Monday, March 12) in the Royal Arthur Centre, Ingoldmells from 2.30pm where an East Lindsey District Council member for The Environmental Protection Service will be present along with Coun Colin Davie, James Parker for Fantasy Island, among others.