LEEDS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Local merchants and school officials in Leeds are expressing their displeasure over two Robbie Williams concerts held in Roundhay Park, claiming that their businesses suffered from congestion and traffic, the Yorkshire post reported.
The concerts themselves were a smashing success. Both shows sold out, drawing 180,000 fans to the city and bringing with them jobs and an infusion of cash to many local vendors. Tt wasn't all sunshine and happy faces however, many local non-food merchants complained that the congestion prevented their usual customers from patronizing their businesses.
Educators also made issue with the concerts. 11 schools closed early to ensure that students could be returned home safely Furthermore, contracts between the promoter and city were signed at close to the last minute, leaving little notice for school officials to warn parents.
City councilor Paul Wadsworth told the Post "We will have to look again whether to run a concert on a work day," he said. "It ought to be on a Saturday or a Sunday." adding that "The park is for public use but this (concert) is not something we want to repeat on an annual basis. As a council we do apologies to those people who were inconvenienced."
Residents also complained about excessive traffic congestion and parking difficulties.