Big screen plan revived for Castle Park

Gazette: How the screen could look. How the screen could look.

A BIG screen could still come to Colchester - at a fraction of the price the council was originally quoted.

Colchester Council threw out the idea of installing a screen in Castle Park to show major events after it was told it would cost £70,000 a year.

But it has now emerged the screen could be delivered for as little as £16,000 a year.

It would be used to show sporting events as well as open air cinema during the week and at weekends.

The project is being co-ordinated by Ben Howard, an event promoter in Colchester, and Ben Payne, who runs events company Illuminate Design, based in Whitehall Industrial Estate, Colchester.

Mr Howard said: “Too often in this town, we are told we can’t do something and we just accept that."

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5:17pm Wed 30 Apr 14

wormshero says...

That screen looks fairly small. There's an artist impression of a man standing up and he's blocking like half the height of the screen. Colchester deserves a screen at least twice that size.
That screen looks fairly small. There's an artist impression of a man standing up and he's blocking like half the height of the screen. Colchester deserves a screen at least twice that size. wormshero
  • Score: -5

5:24pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Ozzie says...

I have seen this when Wimbledon was on in Christchurch Park in Ipswich and it was a great success and it appeared that the community thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope Colchester can organise this, it would be a real attraction and I am sure would bring in people to the town centre and shops.
I have seen this when Wimbledon was on in Christchurch Park in Ipswich and it was a great success and it appeared that the community thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope Colchester can organise this, it would be a real attraction and I am sure would bring in people to the town centre and shops. Ozzie
  • Score: 4

5:25pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Ozzie says...

Also. with the world cup coming up this year - the investment might well be worth it as it could bring much-needed revenue to the shops in the town.
Also. with the world cup coming up this year - the investment might well be worth it as it could bring much-needed revenue to the shops in the town. Ozzie
  • Score: 4

5:41pm Wed 30 Apr 14

greenbroker says...

Ozzie wrote:
Also. with the world cup coming up this year - the investment might well be worth it as it could bring much-needed revenue to the shops in the town.
It's OK with the odd event, but some visit the park to get away from TV and live a real life.
[quote][p][bold]Ozzie[/bold] wrote: Also. with the world cup coming up this year - the investment might well be worth it as it could bring much-needed revenue to the shops in the town.[/p][/quote]It's OK with the odd event, but some visit the park to get away from TV and live a real life. greenbroker
  • Score: 11

5:56pm Wed 30 Apr 14

angryman!!! says...

Agree as long as it's for major events then it's a good idea. Don't agree with having films on it, as mentioned it's nice to have a place in town to get away from the tv etc
Agree as long as it's for major events then it's a good idea. Don't agree with having films on it, as mentioned it's nice to have a place in town to get away from the tv etc angryman!!!
  • Score: 6

6:14pm Wed 30 Apr 14

colcestrian says...

There's a LOT of difference between £70k and £16K, someone was trying to pull a fast one ! Amazed the council didn't fall for it as they seem to like wasting money left right and centre, on consultants for this and that, bus lanes, or the new bus shelter oh sorry Bus Station !
There's a LOT of difference between £70k and £16K, someone was trying to pull a fast one ! Amazed the council didn't fall for it as they seem to like wasting money left right and centre, on consultants for this and that, bus lanes, or the new bus shelter oh sorry Bus Station ! colcestrian
  • Score: 5

6:44pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Simon Taylor says...

Ozzie wrote:
I have seen this when Wimbledon was on in Christchurch Park in Ipswich and it was a great success and it appeared that the community thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope Colchester can organise this, it would be a real attraction and I am sure would bring in people to the town centre and shops.
In my experience, Castle Park events usually draw customers away from town centre shops. That doesn't mean that I object, because the town centre does not exist solely for the benefit of shops.
[quote][p][bold]Ozzie[/bold] wrote: I have seen this when Wimbledon was on in Christchurch Park in Ipswich and it was a great success and it appeared that the community thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope Colchester can organise this, it would be a real attraction and I am sure would bring in people to the town centre and shops.[/p][/quote]In my experience, Castle Park events usually draw customers away from town centre shops. That doesn't mean that I object, because the town centre does not exist solely for the benefit of shops. Simon Taylor
  • Score: 3

9:04pm Wed 30 Apr 14

jim_bo says...

Mr Howard and Mr Payne are to be commended for their research but the £70,000 might include the policing/security for the screen/events.

The Castle Park is a great venue for this but alcohol fuelled events are high risk activities which require careful management and planning, perhaps a ticketed event as the crowd capacities were reduced in the park for events to save a few pounds.
Mr Howard and Mr Payne are to be commended for their research but the £70,000 might include the policing/security for the screen/events. The Castle Park is a great venue for this but alcohol fuelled events are high risk activities which require careful management and planning, perhaps a ticketed event as the crowd capacities were reduced in the park for events to save a few pounds. jim_bo
  • Score: 3

8:26am Thu 1 May 14

colchesterguy says...

I was involved in the Ipswich Big screen events.
Serious thought needs to go into this, there is no way you can you do it on the cheap.
There is a lot of difference between an inflatable projection screen (that can't be seen very well in the day) and an LED Screen and the same goes with the price.
Marketing, Print costs, Screen hire, Sound Hire, Park hire, Stewards, Security, H&S, Fencing, Mains and staff to organise the event all cost money.
I'm sure Mr Howard might be able to do the organisation for free as he does a great job on the free festival and I wish Ben and Ben every success but £16k is a myth.
No one is pulling a fast one colcestrian, just different ideas cost different money.
I was involved in the Ipswich Big screen events. Serious thought needs to go into this, there is no way you can you do it on the cheap. There is a lot of difference between an inflatable projection screen (that can't be seen very well in the day) and an LED Screen and the same goes with the price. Marketing, Print costs, Screen hire, Sound Hire, Park hire, Stewards, Security, H&S, Fencing, Mains and staff to organise the event all cost money. I'm sure Mr Howard might be able to do the organisation for free as he does a great job on the free festival and I wish Ben and Ben every success but £16k is a myth. No one is pulling a fast one colcestrian, just different ideas cost different money. colchesterguy
  • Score: 4

9:31am Thu 1 May 14

Ontheball says...

IF the screen were put in that position you would not be able to see it at all as the sun bares down from the south for most of the day.
IF the screen were put in that position you would not be able to see it at all as the sun bares down from the south for most of the day. Ontheball
  • Score: 2

9:57am Thu 1 May 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

angryman!!! wrote:
Agree as long as it's for major events then it's a good idea. Don't agree with having films on it, as mentioned it's nice to have a place in town to get away from the tv etc
Would work for major sporting events, not sure about the World Cup though as the timing for matches would not work very well, because these are all visual events where sound is not massively essential. Films though rely on sound and that blaring out across the park would not be good.

I also question the £16,000 figure because many major sporting events are tied to contracts surrounding multiple viewing venue's, where subscription fees can often be high. That would either involve more costs or charging viewers and neither option would get much support.
[quote][p][bold]angryman!!![/bold] wrote: Agree as long as it's for major events then it's a good idea. Don't agree with having films on it, as mentioned it's nice to have a place in town to get away from the tv etc[/p][/quote]Would work for major sporting events, not sure about the World Cup though as the timing for matches would not work very well, because these are all visual events where sound is not massively essential. Films though rely on sound and that blaring out across the park would not be good. I also question the £16,000 figure because many major sporting events are tied to contracts surrounding multiple viewing venue's, where subscription fees can often be high. That would either involve more costs or charging viewers and neither option would get much support. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 3

12:42pm Thu 1 May 14

romantic says...

I quite like the idea of a big screen for the World Cup, which is being floated as an idea, although I suspect there would be residents campaigning against it. Because of time zones, games will be running until 1.00 am from 13th to 22nd June, and until 10 or 11pm after then (more if extra-time and penalties).

We have people in this town who object in long letters to fireworks, the cricket festival, any sort of music going on. This vocal minority will object as soon as they know about any big screen. The complaints of a very small number of people ended the fair which used to take place in the park. They would be waiting with eager anticipation for the first slightly tipsy fan to come staggering out of the park at midnight. I can almost see them sitting behind their net curtains already, just itching for something to moan about.
I quite like the idea of a big screen for the World Cup, which is being floated as an idea, although I suspect there would be residents campaigning against it. Because of time zones, games will be running until 1.00 am from 13th to 22nd June, and until 10 or 11pm after then (more if extra-time and penalties). We have people in this town who object in long letters to fireworks, the cricket festival, any sort of music going on. This vocal minority will object as soon as they know about any big screen. The complaints of a very small number of people ended the fair which used to take place in the park. They would be waiting with eager anticipation for the first slightly tipsy fan to come staggering out of the park at midnight. I can almost see them sitting behind their net curtains already, just itching for something to moan about. romantic
  • Score: -2

7:39pm Thu 1 May 14

25414nora says...

Personally speaking, who in their right mind would possibly want to give up the comforts of home, to pay money to sit under an umbrella on damp grass in blustery conditions, and be distracted by noisy drink fuelled strangers?
'Ok' It's summer, hot and sticky, delete wind and rain, add gnats and midges.
Seriously tho...I'm just an oldie, set in my ways, but I was young once, and I can well understand the attraction of large screen entertainment for the more adventurous folk. I can visualise sea food stalls, hotdogs, burgers, perhaps even a beer tent....I'm all for it........but not for me.
Personally speaking, who in their right mind would possibly want to give up the comforts of home, to pay money to sit under an umbrella on damp grass in blustery conditions, and be distracted by noisy drink fuelled strangers? 'Ok' It's summer, hot and sticky, delete wind and rain, add gnats and midges. Seriously tho...I'm just an oldie, set in my ways, but I was young once, and I can well understand the attraction of large screen entertainment for the more adventurous folk. I can visualise sea food stalls, hotdogs, burgers, perhaps even a beer tent....I'm all for it........but not for me. 25414nora
  • Score: 0

12:15am Mon 5 May 14

Reginald47 says...

Full marks to the Labour candidate for Castle Ward being brave enough to appear in the picture as supporting this scheme - and scuppering his chances of election at the same time!
Full marks to the Labour candidate for Castle Ward being brave enough to appear in the picture as supporting this scheme - and scuppering his chances of election at the same time! Reginald47
  • Score: 1

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