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City council to decide whether it is 'ja' or 'nein' for Eaton Park Oktoberfest event

PUBLISHED: 11:27 24 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 24 March 2018

City councillors will decide on Monday whether Oktoberfest Norwich 2018 can go ahead. Picture: Matthias Schrader

City councillors will decide on Monday whether Oktoberfest Norwich 2018 can go ahead. Picture: Matthias Schrader

Organisers of a German-themed beer festival will discover on Monday whether the event has the city council's green light to go ahead.

An events company called Mutiny in the Park Limited has lodged a licensing application with Norwich City Council to host the second Oktoberfest Norwich, in the new location of Eaton Park.

The event premiered last year in the car park of Carrow Road in Norwich, however, the application has set out the park as the event’s potential new home.

However, the power now rests with members of the city council’s licensing sub committee to decide whether the event has the go ahead.

The application, which was submitted last month, sets out proposed details for the event, which would take place in a circus type big top and feature a German Oompah band and - of course - German beer.

When making their decision, councillors will consider the case put forward by the event organisers, along with feedback from police and public representations on the application.

The application said: “The event organisers have operated these type of events many times in other locations and in Norwich in 2017 and deliver safe enjoyable events.”

Michelle Bartram, a Norfolk Police licensing officer, said last year’s event at Carrow Road did not cause a concern to police.

She added that on the condition patrons would not be allowed to take any alcoholic drinks out of the event premises, police had no objections to the premises licence being granted.

The application did, however, receive three public objections, surrounding the impact the event could have on the park.

Jenny Mayne, of Christchurch Road, said: “I think an event focussed on drinking is inappropriate in a family park in a residential area.

“There is no way the organisers will be able to guarantee to contain noise and anti-social behaviour as people leave the event.”

Although the city council is yet to grant the licence, organisers are already encouraging people to sign up for pre-sale tickets and VIP tables for the event.

It is earmarked to take place on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6.

Parkrun fears

Fears have been raised over the impact the event could have on the weekly parkruns which are held in the park.

Each Saturday at 9am, hundreds of runners take part to Eaton Park for the Norwich parkrun, with Norwich junior parkrun taking place at 9am ever Sunday.

Richard Polley, Norwich parkrun director, said: “I am concerned the presence of Oktoberfest in Eaton Park could cause disruption to our event if appropriate steps are not taken to ensure all rubbish and residue from the night before has been cleared away in good time and any vehicle movement be prohibited between 9am and 9.45am.”

Jo Phillips, co-event director for Norwich junior parkrun, echoed these sentiments for the junior event.

She said: “Children as young as four can take part in our event, Vehicles on the course setting up or packing away while our run takes place is a safety concern for us.”

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