“WE don’t want a party here.”
That was the message today from worried residents in part of Kirkburton, as plans were revealed for a “rave” in Huddersfield.
People living near the former Storthes Hall hospital complex are concerned because a similar event last year close to their homes attracted more than 1,500 people to party through the night.
“They had loud music which blasted out from 10pm on the Saturday night until it was light on Sunday,” said one resident.
“They also lit fires in the woods at Storthes Hall which could be very dangerous.
“We are very worried they could be picking this site again.”
Plans for the rave have been posted on the social networking site Facebook and the posting has already attracted more than 1,600 members.
Organisers of the mystery event – labelled “Party in the Woods” – are promising to let would-be guests know the venue 48 hours before the event.
West Yorkshire Police and Kirklees licensing officials are monitoring the site closely and have urged the organisers not to go ahead.
They fear safety problems if hundreds of people turn up for a party in a location without proper security or crowd control.
But residents in roads around the Storthes Hall complex fear more nuisance if last year’s event is repeated.
“There were hundreds of people turning up and the noise was horrendous,” said one.
“I and other neighbours called the police but when they turned up there was little they could do as there were so many people partying in the woods.
“It went on all night and we could not sleep. I went across at 8am on the Sunday morning and there were still up to 100 people there, although most of them looked high on drugs or alcohol.
“They had a big bonfire around a totem pole that was still burning and they were dancing around it. We do not want that nuisance here again this summer.”
The Storthes Hall complex houses several hostels for students at the University of Huddersfield, owned by a private company Ubrique.
Other parts of the site have been sold off to a developer who is planning a 300-home retirement village.
Police said organisers could face heavy fines or even jail if they went ahead with an unlicensed event.