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Anger over concert go ahead

PUBLISHED: 13:27 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:10 02 July 2010

THE COUNCIL S licensing board has granted the licence needed for Edtel Promotions to hold a rock concert in Central Park, Dagenham, this summer. Despite letters of opposition and a petition signed by nearly 50 protesters, the licence was granted subject

THE COUNCIL'S licensing board has granted the licence needed for Edtel Promotions to hold a rock concert in Central Park, Dagenham, this summer.

Despite letters of opposition and a petition signed by nearly 50 protesters, the licence was granted subject to several conditions, including no alcohol after 9.30pm and music over by 10pm.

However, many people living close to the park feel their protests were not considered. Susan Staniland of Parkside House said her husband has to get up early for work: "When you have to get up at 5.30am it's horrible if you don't get to sleep until after midnight."

Jean Nicholls said that her husband works nights: "It's too noisy. He needs to sleep during the day."

Not everybody is devastated by the news, however. Eileen Lovell, 88, whose house is directly opposite the planned venue for the concert, said of last year's event, which was run by MusicTek: "I'm young at heart and I loved it. All the youngsters had a great time."

The concert will take place at Central Park on August 9 and 10 between 2pm and 10pm.

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