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Creamfields to stay in Daresbury
CREAMFIELDS will stay at the same site in Daresbury that saw the dance music festival cancelled last year due to severe flooding.
Following the cancellation on the final day of the event on August bank holiday weekend, festival goers called for it to be moved.
Officials announced today it is staying put with £500,000 to be spent on ‘major improvements’, including 2500m of new drainage and 500m of new pathways.
A spokesman said: “£500,000 is to be spent on improving key areas of the site, including the field drainage systems; investment into additional trackways and a series of new bridges across fields.
“The investment into drainage will include strengthening of the existing drainage solutions on site along with 2500m of new drainage which has been designed and developed by a specialist drainage consultant.
“This will ensure that the land is well equipped to handle rainfall from now, up until and during the show.
“500m of new trackways will be laid on site, and there will be considerable investment made into the construction of new bridges across areas with particularly heavy footfall, ensuring improved access for campers travelling between the campsites and the arena sites.
"In the event of wet weather issues again this year, a revised contingency plan has also been put in place to ensure improved communication.
“This includes additional investment into a new tannoy system and information screens on all campsites to ensure important messages from the event management team are communicated directly to campers.
“We have also made the decision to move a number of arenas that were deemed unfit for use as a result of last year’s bad weather to higher areas within the current arena site.”
The move comes after the sudden cancellation of last year’s festival.
Heavy rainfall turned campsites into a quagmire, with flooding in car parks submerging cars.
Some visitors were left stranded over night.
The line-up for this year’s event, again on August bank holiday weekend, will be announced tomorrow at creamfields.com.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 1 at 10am.