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Is nothing sacred? Easter Sunday peace shattered by Maidstone Council rave

April 22, 2014 10:04 AM

Residents across North and West Maidstone had their Easter Sunday afternoon and night ruined by a rave event at Maidstone Council's Whatman Park. Irate residents, some made ill by the noise, logged complaints with Maidstone Council and even called the police. Wildfowl were seen and heard crashing about after dark in distress, and nests were reported abandoned.

Allington Ward Councillor Dan Daley visited the site to remonstrate with organisers but to no avail. While North Ward Councillor Tony Harwood, who had raised concerns about the event with Maidstone Council as far back as January, visited communities affected by the din.

Dan commented: "Easter Sunday was one of the most stressful days I can ever remember in my 24 years as a Councillor. I am seriously angry." He continued: "This was EASTER SUNDAY, and even the major shops are shut as a gesture to its significance. People should be able to expect a certain respect for the day and for the fact that any Sunday could be expected to be a day for some peace and quiet."

Tony added: "The completely foreseeable negative impact of this event upon local residents is totally unacceptable, and it is particularly ironic that a spring festival based on nature's re-birth saw so many birds driven away from their nests by the disturbance and din."