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Online Survey Shows Overall Satisfaction but Improvements could be Made

Mixed reviews on OnBlackheath Music festival have been revealed in a recent online survey.

The survey conducted by Blackheath Society in conjunction with Lewisham Council covered road closures, attendance numbers, transport links, business opportunities and noise pollution, and the quality of the information provided by organisers before the festival took place.

Of the 640 people who took part in the survey, most of whom were in their 30s and 40s and from the SE3, SE10 and SE13 areas, there was an overall positive shift in attitudes in favour of the event with the vast majority regarding it as a successful family event. Replies also showed an overall 10 per cent change in their perception in favour of the event after it happened, compared to before.

However there was also a hardening of opposition from some residents in the north-western section of the Heath, Hare and Billet Road. Five-day road closures were considered inconvenient by some residents with a substantial number also feeling the sound levels were very intrusive.

Blackheath Society also received a number of letters, with several asking for the festival to be moved next year to the middle of the Heath on the site south of the A2, where the circus is sometimes held and which is further away from all housing.

Nearly 70 representatives from the local business responded, mentioning poor communications and excessive costs of being involved with only 10 saying they were approached by the organisers to take part.

The survey also asked for opinions on how many commercial events should be held on the Heath in future with respondents generally objecting less strongly to non-commercial events.

Blackheath Society has passed on the results of its survey to OnBlackheath, Lewisham Council and local councillors and informed its members. Further details on the survey can be found at: http://www.blackheath.org/

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