Access for the disabled was a major cause for concern at this year’s Electric Picnic Residents’ Committee AGM, which was held on Tuesday February 18 in St Marys’ Hall, Stradbally.
The residents of Stradbally brought up a number of issues on the night. These included the Oakglen housing estate, the Cork Road, and traffic congestion around Grange, all of which the committee were aware of and have been working with organisers to improve on for Electric Picnic 2014.
A problem with access for the disabled was highlighted at the meeting. The problem arises whereby the disabled person requires a carer, and there is no concession provided for the carer on entering the picnic.
Committee Chairperson Jillian Kennedy said that they would do their best to solve this problem.
“We will certainly take it on board for discussion with the festival organisers. In the past we had other issues with disabled access and got very satisfactory results after bringing it to their attention,” she told the Leinster Express.
The importance of the residents using the “picnic phone” was another topic of discussion. This is a dedicated phone number that the residents have, and that is manned continuously over the picnic weekend.
Ms Kennedy said that the committee have direct contact with the organisers, their head of security, and with the Gardai in charge.
“We have been able to help in many situations during the weekend and urge residents to use the residents phone for assistance,” she said.
Since 2008, the committee have, on behalf of the residents, collected and distributed a total of €71,000 to clubs, associations and charities in the locality.
“We promise to do our best to ensure that the residents can remain safe and enjoy the weekend as much as the festival goers,” Ms Kennedy said.