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No live music at TT Fan Park as 'improvements' made for nearby residents

Changes made to reduce negative impact on local residents

There will be no live music performed at the TT Fan Park near the Grandstand this year.

It's one of the 'improvements' being made by the Department for Enterprise to reduce what it calls the 'negative impact of local residents'.

The new-look Fan Park was debuted during last year's TT races in Noble's Park - with live screens to watch the video coverage.

TT Head of Production at the DfE, Andy Spiers, has written to local residents ahead of the 2023 event outlining some changes this time around, which, alongside the termination of live music, include; professional traffic management around the St Ninian's areas and access to a 24/7 support facility for key residents should any parking issues occur.

The department says it will work with Douglas Council to consider alternative venues during the MGP to support the large volume of visitors.

It also says there's the potential for a shuttle bus to and from the town centre, and making the streets in the surrounding areas open to resident parking only.

The department has also committed/ agreed to a reduction in fields available for event parking once Douglas Borough Council has made improvements to the football pitch, as well as improving facilities in and around Noble's Park by installing permanent power and installing a permanent grasscrete walkway/ roadway.

There's also due to be an assessment of additional entrance and exit options - including the widening of the main access point, as opposed to using St Ninian's Court.

Mr Spiers says thousands of people travel to the TT Grandstand to visit the Fan Park, the Paddocks and to watch the racing, and admits the influx of visitors has a 'major impact' on the surrounding area.

Local residents have been thanked for their goodwill and cooperation.

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