(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The residents of the town of Moncton, New Brunswick, would definitely not agree with the claim that the Rolling Stones are the world’s greatest rock’n’roll band.
Approximately 300 people who live near the planned concert site at Magnetic Hill, outside Moncton, met with organizers of the concert at a public meeting this week, to voice their displeasure with road closures and parking plans that will restrict their movements during Labour Day weekend.
About 85,000 Stones’ fans are expected to attend one of the largest outdoor concerts ever organized in New Brunswick on September 3rd.
Area residents have been told they will need a special pass to access their homes before the barricades go up Sept. 1 and guests will need a pass and a concert ticket if they want to visit them.
“Nobody is happy about being locked in our out of their homes,” Moncton resident Bob Fudge told the concert organizers, according to The Globe and Mail.
“You invited 85,000 people here without our consent. You don’t trust us; we don’t trust you,” he continued, to loud applause.
Charles Crossman, a member of a residents’ committee created to deal with local concerns, warned there could be acts of civil disobedience to protest restrictions.
“You’re upsetting the whole community for the sake of a concert,” he said during the meeting.
The paper reports that city official released a traffic and parking plan for the concert that provided space for 27,000 vehicles. Shuttle services will be available from surrounding parking lots, but organizers said that regular ticket holders will still have to walk 1.5 kilometers to the concert area.
Demand for concert tickets has been so great that organizers put another 10,000 on sale Friday morning. The first Canadian date for the Stones’ tour is August 28th in Ottowa. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers