Friday, February 16, 2007

'Dome' (O2) Parking Threat Reduced

On 14th February, the Licensing Committee approved the applications by O2 with a few changes, notably the addition, in watered down form, of the condition negotiated between the Westcombe Society Environment Committee and ANSCHUTZ ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (AEG). This provided that
"Promotional literature web-pages and tickets from the Licensee will give prominence to information regarding public transport options and request patrons to leave the area quietly. References by the Licensee to access by road will be subordinate to references to travel by public transport. References shall also refer to the existence of controlled parking zones over the area within two miles of the Premises".

AEG refused to agree that the condition should apply to its agents, notable its sales agent Ticketmaster whose website, despite revision ahead of the meeting, emphasized how ‘easy’ was access by road. However following the Westcombe Society's criticism at the meeting, Ticketmaster has again revised its website.
It now positively discourages using cars to get to the O2.

Outside the meeting, it was indicated that when the parking management plan is finalized the statement that when the car park is full, "the management will direct vehicles to the closest off-site parking facilities" will be amended to substitute “off-road” for “off-site”.

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